Why TikTok Is A National Security Threat
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Why TikTok Is A National Security Threat

December 29, 2019


It’s the hottest video app since vine, in
fact it’s basically the same thing as vine yet for some reason, exploded in popularity
over the last year. That’s right, we’re talking about TikTok,
and if you’re a fan of online entertainment then no doubt you’ve seen your fair share
of TikToks. And how could you not, new TikToks are sprouting
up every day, and they’ve invaded every social media platform from Instagram to Facebook. But today, the US government is concerned
that TikTok is itself an invasion of America- a red Chinese invasion! TikTok was originally called Musical.ly, and
featured the ability for videos to be set to music. Muscal.ly was also the product of a Shanghai
startup, though it featured an office here in the US in Santa Monica, California. A major problem for Chinese media developers
is creating an international appeal with their product, and traditionally the world at large
has been hugely resistant to Chinese culture, while for their part the Chinese have historically
been very obtuse about adapting foreign culture themselves. This makes the nation of China highly insular,
and while it may be the most populated nation in the world, it has a very difficult time
exporting its own culture to other nations. This problem is best evidenced by the state
of Chinese film. While it produces a large amount of Hollywood-level
films every year, the Chinese film industry is simply unable to make a noticeable dent
in the global marketplace. While films that reflect ancient Chinese culture
can sometimes see some moderate overseas success, such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, China
has a very serious problem creating anything currently culturally relevant that the world
actually wants to watch. For this reason Chinese media has entered
into an agreement with Hollywood, and American actors frequently appear in sizable roles
in Chinese films meant for international export, such as Matt Damon’s appearance inThe Great
Wall. The hope is that American influence will make
a Chinese product internationally viable, yet as The Great Wall showed the world by
being an international flop, Chinese content creators have a very difficult time making
something the rest of the world actually wants. The problem rests with the very nationalistic
nature of Chinese content, and the fact that China has historically been a very insular
nation which did not export much of its culture successfully. Add to that censorship from the Communist
government and what ends up happening is that Chinese media products are rejected by a world
dominated by liberal societies. China may not be able to make global blockbusters
the world will pay to see, but with the musical.ly app they were on to a hit. Knowing how important the American market
is to ensuring a global product is a success, the Shanghai developers had specifically targeted
American teens with the app, and it was slowly gaining in popularity when the app was bought
out by another Chinese company, ByteDance, in November of 2017. By targeting the American market and its host
of social media influencers, the rebranded app now known as TikTok gradually grew in
popularity and eventually was adopted by notable American celebrities, further propelling it
into global success. Today TikTok has been downloaded over 80 million
times in the US alone, and 800 million times around the world. It has even adopted a partnership with the
American National Football League to produce unique content available only on the app,
and it has frequently ranked number 1 amongst app downloads around the world. The app is available in over 150 nations and
in 75 languages, and was downloaded a whopping 104 million times from Apple’s App store in
the first half of 2018 alone. Clearly, TikTok is one of the most successful
apps in history, and the US government fears that it represents a red Chinese threat. One of the problems Washington has with the
app is that it has been adopted for use by terrorist groups, noticeably ISIS. The terrorist content creators proved surprisingly
adept at using the app to propel their videos to some small amount of fame- or infamy- even
using some of the app’s more ridiculous features such as adorning videos with raining pink
hearts. This may sound silly, but it represents a
serious threat as the app is mostly used by very impressionable young kids around the
world. If ISIS or other terror groups can use the
app to normalize their ideology, it will make recruitment much easier, and traditionally
speaking young teens are the number one target for extremist recruiters. In response, ByteDance has hired many content
moderators who’s job it is to scour TikTok and remove troubling content, but with the
sheer amount of content generated every day, this job is impossible. Another thing troubling Washington is all
those content moderators, who suspiciously seemed to be much more focused on removing
content that Beijing disapproves of, then content that the international community is
concerned with. While terror group videos may slip through
the moderation cracks, TikTok moderators have proven to be exceedingly effective in culling
any content that speaks about Tibetan or Taiwanese independence. With the power to influence hundreds of millions
of users, Washington fears that China’s censorship on TikTok will help propel fake narratives
about the Chinese government. For example, any mention of China’s illegal
imprisonment of 1 million Uyghur Muslims in government brain-washing camps is immediately
deleted from the app, and its users can be banned outright. We recently saw an example of this type of
extreme censorship when China pressured Blizzard Entertainment to ban a Hearthstone player
and two streamers for their support of the Hong Kong protests. Simply put, China is extremely aggressive
about its censorship, and will even attempt to censor people outside of its own borders
who display any dissatisfaction with the Communist Party. Another threat that TikTok poses is the collection
of data on the American people themselves, which Beijing can then use to make more targeted
content to attempt to influence the American population. Given the popularity of the app, Washington
fears that TikTok or other Chinese social media apps like it could turn into disinformation
outlets feeding a steady stream of pro-Chinese communist propaganda. Numerous American congressmen are even now
calling for investigations into the app, and the Department of Defense is conducting a
counter-intelligence review of Chinese actions involving the app. The US government is now looking at a range
of options to combat Chinese influence through TikTok. Those options begin with auditing the company’s
data practices, so that the US government can find out how data on its users is itself
used, and to who it goes to. With the Chinese government frequently installing
government minders in all of its international companies, there is no such thing as a free
Chinese market. Instead, China considers its own market as
a tool of its foreign policy, and uses government minders embedded within public companies to
shape company policy in a pro-Beijing manner that furthers Chinese interests globally. If the US government discovers that TikTok’s
data is being shared with the Chinese government, it can then take major steps to shut the app
down. Likely though the American government will
simply force the sale of the American side of ByteDance’s business to a non-Chinese company
which has been vetted as free of Chinese government influence. While this won’t shut down TikTok on the whole,
it will severely curtail the influence that China has over the world, and over American
users of the app. In a worst case scenario, the US government
may simply ban the app outright, although this could cause a massive backlash from its
many users. Unlike in China, American users of the app
are allowed to protest publicly the actions of their government, even if that includes
banning a Chinese-controlled propaganda tool, and there’s a fair bit of irony there. Only time will tell what ultimately happens
with TikTok, or other future Chinese apps. As China’s aggression across the South East
Pacific grows and it continues to bully its neighbors for access to their rich mineral,
oil and fish reserves across the South China Sea, this is not the first, nor the last confrontation
between the Chinese communist party and the American government. go watch “How Do North Koreans See America?“ And as always if you enjoyed this video don’t
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  1. And they call me weird for not using Tik Tok…

    I'm sharing this with my annoying classmates who speak about nothing but Tik Tok

  2. China 🇨🇳 & Russia 🇷🇺 are guilty of over extending their hands to look strong. But don't turn a blind eye 👁 on the US ability to use Facebook, Twitter and so on to gather data. They just monitor what is publicly put out there.

  3. The Chinese government really is a global threat and videos like these informing people of it is important. However, a lot of people choose not to take it seriously and instead would rather make funny remarks about the situation which is quite frightening.

  4. Yes infact China has been planning this since Vine has been made and in the user agreement licence, you give consent to them to all privacy which is a threat therefore you have no privacy

  5. Boy do yall know how much of a boomer news group you sound like DONT USE TIKTOK OR CHINA AND TERRORISTS WILL TAKEVOVER AMERICA

  6. I don't trust any app coming out of China to not have spyware included. Any big company over there has to be in bed with their government and they've shown time and time again that they have no qualms about spying on literally everyone (even worse than US).

  7. TikTok also suppresses videos featuring LGBTQ+ topics, people who are plus sized, disabled people from their "for you" page.

  8. Either Tik Tok will be sold or it will be banned in the United States in 2020. The Communist influence on the app is front and center. They don't even try to hide it. The biggest national security concern is all of the access to your device they require and all of the data Tik Tok collects on the users.

  9. China is a National Security Threat
    History: Western boom the heck out of the world

    nice try The Infographics Show

    American propaganda machine

  10. Look my native language is Arabic but I surely understand English, actually I might be better than a native speaker and your content being translated to Arabic is going to be a hard mission trust me. You have topics and themes that wont work out in the Arabian world. And you kinda always talk about the USA and its economy, army, politics etc. So just think about it, and I think your content is already great in English and has it's own Karizma!

  11. Support all hong Kong protests against the Chinese communists in their government. Taiwan deserves independence.
    Rebel against ALL communism everywhere.

  12. Tik-tok is a trash can which drains your IQ to approximately negative two. This is a national emergency and could cause a new civilization full of idiots. Spread the word.

  13. The United States government successfully banned hawway(spelling?) because there phones contained spyware that was part of their operating system

  14. This channel thinks that (global = USA)
    That is not the case, once USA invaded into almost every country in the world
    And now its china’s turn which USA can not bare ovbiously 😀

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