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China’s TikTok Fails to Live Up to Promise on Protecting Data of U.S. Users

China’s TikTok said it has spent $1.5 billion developing an operation meant to convince U.S. lawmakers that it is safe for Americans to use the app. The company’s executives have also promised to wall-off U.S. user data and bring in engineers and third parties to verify the algorithm functions without interference from the Chinese Communist regime. TikTok, however, has so far failed to live up to its promises.

CULVER CITY, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 20: The TikTok logo is displayed outside a TikTok offic

WSJ: Billionaire GOP Donor Jeff Yass Is Fighting to Stop a Ban of China’s TikTok

Billionaire financier Jeff Yass has bet big on TikTok, and as a top donor to GOP lawmakers, he is fighting to stop a ban of the Chinese-owned app. The billionaire described the app causing chaos amongst American teenagers in glowing terms: “TikTok is about free speech and innovation, the epitome of libertarian and free market ideals. The idea of banning TikTok is an anathema to everything I believe.”

Billionaire GOP Jeff Yass has bet big on China's TikTok

China’s Psychological Warfare: American Teens Have Developed ‘TikTok Brain’

There are many concerns about the China-owned app TikTok, such as its effects on mental health and it being a national security risk, but researchers are also interested in how it impacts kids’ brains after they binge-watch the app’s nonstop stream of addicting videos. They have nicknamed the result “TikTok Brain,” and it is impacting the lives of young Americans.

CULVER CITY, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 20: The TikTok logo is displayed outside a TikTok offic

TikTok Pushes Chinese Propaganda Ads to Millions Across Europe

China-owned TikTok is pushing a slew of Chinese propaganda advertisements to millions of Europeans in recent months. The ads tout everything from support of Chinese coronavirus lockdowns to presenting the Xinjiang region, where Uyghur minorities are forced to work in concentration camps, as a wonderful tourist destination.

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China’s TikTok Secretly Tracked Journalist in Hopes of Busting Leakers

A UK journalist recently discovered that employees of China’s TikTok were tracking her personal data through an account devoted to her cat, without her knowledge or consent. Chinese employees of the company were attempting to determine who was meeting with the journalist by comparing her location to employee locations — even though the account didn’t have her name on it.

CULVER CITY, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 20: The TikTok logo is displayed outside a TikTok offic