A new era of patriotism and justice has begun now that Republicans are in the majority. America can finally fight against the rising CCP influence, which has been threatening our national integrity under the Biden administration. It is important to take a stand against the oppressive regime, and only with firm action can we accomplish that.
TikTok is expected to face real scrutiny from US lawmakers, who will be questioning the platform’s China-based parent company ByteDance about concerns of data security and potential ties to the Chinese government. The Beijing-incorporated Cayman Islands business has been under fire for its alleged lack of privacy protection and risks to US national security. TikTok CEO is set to appear in front of congress come March, and the expectations are that TikTok’s practices will be carefully examined.
Daily wire reports, it has been announced that TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew will appear before lawmakers in March to discuss the social media platform’s data security practices and connections with the Chinese government.
ByteDance, the company that owns TikTok, is based in Beijing and incorporated in the Cayman Islands. In response to alleged privacy breaches and national security concerns, officials are scrutinizing the company.
Senator Josh Hawley has been particularly vocal about the threat that TikTok poses to our country. Here he is grilling a TikTok executive.
Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) said in a statement announcing the hearing: “ByteDance-owned TikTok has knowingly allowed the ability for the Chinese Communist Party to access American user data. Americans deserve to know how these actions impact their privacy and data security, as well as what actions TikTok is taking to keep our kids safe from online and offline harms.
Among its competitors, TikTok broke the world record for most visited website two years ago by surpassing Google.
Researchers have linked TikTok’s addictive nature to social contagions, including self-diagnosis of mental illnesses and personality disorders; Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) has likened the platform to “digital fentanyl.”
The president recently signed legislation banning TikTok from all federally owned devices. According to FBI Director Christopher Wray, the platform can manipulate content, initiate influence operations, and collect user data for traditional espionage operations. Several states, including Nebraska, Alabama, Iowa, and North Dakota, had previously banned the platform from government devices.
Over the next months, we face a major decision that could shape the future of our nation as we know it. As we await the CEO of TikTok’s appearance in front of Congress, there are many questions to be answered. We simply cannot take anything at face value and must be willing to see beyond the surface answers. Ultimately, Congress must decide on whether all ties with TikTok should be severed if it’s determined the Chinese Communist Party has used it to gain a strategic advantage against us. We already know the CCP plays a role with TikTok but this hearing will certainly give us more clarity to act in our best interest as a country.
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