Late last year, the Washington Post ran an article with a rather alarming headline: “Inside Democrats’ elaborate attempt to woo TikTok influencers.”
In the article, the ultra-leftist rag all but praised Democrats cozying up to one of the most authoritarian political regimes on the planet, given that TikTok is at the direct service of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Astonishingly, the same ultra-left newspaper that flips out over free speech on Twitter (i.e., conservative opinions) finds it appropriately to effectively praise Democrat collaboration with TikTok.
“A free trip to D.C., a private chat with Obama and an hour in the Oval Office with Biden: The Democrats are rolling out the red carpet for social media influencers,” the outlet reported breathlessly.
Wow, “a private chat” between the effective representatives of the CCP and Obama, who has long made his hatred of America clear.
What could possibly go wrong?
Also, did taxpayers fund those “free trips” to D.C. for TikTok-associated individuals, as they did with Wuhan’s little experiments?
Of course, the outlet had to brag about how the trip will apparently hurt Republicans.
“The trip, which was organized by the DNC, was the most visible effort to date of Democrats attempting to leverage TikTok’s vast audience to influence the midterms and is likely to prove controversial with Republicans, many of whom have been harshly critical of TikTok’s Chinese ownership,” the outlet added snidely.
Gee, how about that? How dare those Republicans care about national security!
Fast forward to 2023, and suddenly Biden seems to have a clue, or forced to have one, as he allegedly signed a ban on TikTok for all government devices, though he “dragged his feet” in doing so, according to Foreign Policy.
Apparently, the national security threats may be even worse than realized.
While the Biden administration might be slowly waking up to the real and present danger posed to national security by Beijing-owned TikTok, conservatives have long since warned about the dangers of the platform.
Heck, former President Donald Trump had long warned about the nefarious influence of TikTok, which is likely why the Chinese had a rather vested interest in ensuring that Biden, rather than Trump, ascended to the Oval Office.
One such Republican includes Republican Wisconsin Congressman Mike Gallagher, who has outlined all the ways in which TikTok can jeopardize the safety of its oftentimes oblivious users.
“I’m concerned about TikTok’s ability to track your location, track your keystrokes, track what websites you’re visiting, even when you’re not using the app. I’m concerned about the lack of transparency around the algorithm which is addicting kids,” Gallagher began.
Not to mention the lack of transparency regarding how predators can exploit TikTok data for pursuing children, which is precisely why TikTok was recently hit with a huge lawsuit barely covered by the mainstream media.
The media would rather focus on trans influencers on TikTok, given how many of them the Biden administration felt compelled to employ.
“Since a lot of young men and women in America increasingly turn to TikTok to get news, what if [the CCP] starts censoring the news, right? What if they start tweaking the algorithm to determine what the CCP deems fit to print? That’s incredibly dangerous,” Gallagher continued.
Especially given the Democrats’ prolific use of TikTok relative to Republican counterparts, with Democrat politicians estimated to use TikTok to reach voters at a rate nearly three times that of Republicans.
And, in case it has not yet been made clear how incredibly dangerous such influence is, Gallagher laid it all out quite clearly, using an apt Cold War analogy.
“That’s as if, in 1958, we allowed the KGB and Pravda to buy The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and The Washington Post. That actually probably understates the threat. I think it’s a multi-pronged threat we need to look at,” Gallagher remarked.
Safe to say that such a theoretical 1958 purchase would have been devastating, and America likely would not exist as we know it today had that occurred.
Which is perhaps China’s intent.
Gallagher also blasted the social media giant as “digital fentanyl,” though one can overdose endlessly on TikTok without the imminent threat of loss of life.
“I think the comparison is apt for at least two reasons,” Gallagher declared, “one, it’s highly addictive and destructive and we’re seeing troubling data about the corrosive impact of constant social media use, particularly on young men and women here in America.”
Facebook is bad enough, but TikTok is just downright obnoxious. At least people actually have to read some text on Facebook, whereas TikTok is an endless stream of oftentimes inane videos, spearheaded by self-proclaimed experts.
Or, even worse, Democrat-purchased “influencers.”
“It’s also digital fentanyl in the sense that, as you allude to, it ultimately goes back to the Chinese Communist Party. TikTok is owned by ByteDance; ByteDance is effectively controlled by the CCP. So, we have to ask whether we want the CCP to control what is on the cusp of becoming the most powerful media company in America,” Gallagher continued.
One can’t help but wonder why Biden has been so lackadaisical in terms of his approach to national security, if all his denials regarding his son’s business are to believed.
In truth, the Chinese’s 10 percent investment in “the Big Guy” was likely their best, and cheapest, investment ever in their ever-expanding quest for world domination.
And they aren’t afraid to partner with Russia to do so.
As reported by the Intercept, China and Russia have apparently struck a rather charming agreement with regards to their anti-Western agenda, one in which they mutually attempt to shift the entire planet’s opinion against the United States.
“Since the war broke out in February, experts have been struck by a convergence in Russian and Chinese media narratives,” the outlet reported.
Well, that’s disturbing.
And these are the foreign entities Biden and Co. choose to “engage” with after getting a major leg up from Obama … who does indeed appear to be enjoying a “third term” through Biden.
After all, he just enjoyed a private meeting with TikTok influencers, discussing who knows what …
Author: Jane Jones