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It’s Time to Bite the Bullet and Ban TikTok in America

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What do you do about a problem like TikTok? It shouldn’t be a difficult question, but for years many have been warning about the app being a “trojan horse” collecting biometric data on users for the Chinese Communist Party and yet, with the exception of action taken by President Donald Trump, our government seems reticent to act. The wildly popular video app is a product of a Chinese company called ByteDance which, like all Chinese companies, is obligated by Chinese law to assist the government and are answerable to the CCP, and that would include the sharing of data.

Senator Marco Rubio has been warning since 2019 about the malign efforts of the CCP and their use of TikTok to spy on American citizens. In a statement in August of 2021 urging the Biden administration to ban TikTok in the United States, he warned, ““The Biden administration can no longer pretend that TikTok is not beholden to the Chinese Communist Party. Beijing’s aggressiveness makes clear that the regime sees TikTok as an extension of the party-state, and the US needs to treat it that way.”

Rubio had to take that action because upon becoming president Joe Biden reversed the executive order put in place in 2020 by President Donald Trump to ban TikTok in the United States. Biden, predictably, replaced it with a pablum order to “review” foreign-owned apps. The situation is now so grave, Democratic Senator and chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee Mark Warner told Vox in November, “‘As painful as it is for me to say, if Donald Trump was right and we could’ve taken action then, that’d have been a heck of a lot easier than trying to take action in November of 2022,’ Warner told Recode. ‘The sooner we bite the bullet, the better.’”

Reports continue to grow indicating TikTok has been storing users’ passwords, and credit card data. Moreover, Forbes has revealed their discovery that TikTok intends to “use the TikTok app to monitor the personal location of some specific American citizens.” Senator Tom Cotton has now bluntly warned the American people to delete the TikTok app and then replace the phone itself. In a letter to the Department of Homeland Security he noted in part, “TikTok captures vast amounts of private information on users, including American citizens, and has long been suspected of providing the CCP with potential access to that information. This threatens the safety and security of American citizens and also functions as an avenue for the Chinese government to track the locations of and develop blackmail on federal employees and contractors.”

The risk is recognized by our government as severe enough to ban our military from having it on their phones as well as “banks and the Department of Defense have told employees to delete the app from company, government, and personal devices. Even the Democratic Party, which has happily embraced the app to reach the youths, uses separate, dedicated devices just for TikTok to ensure that no important files will be compromised. Everyone knows it’s Chinese spyware, and yet few American leaders want to do anything about it,” reported the Examiner.

It’s clear the political class and permanent bureaucracy in Washington, DC is well aware of the threat by banning it in select areas. But why not everywhere? Allowing the CCP to continue to do as it pleases with a few exceptions is the equivalent of allowing a foreign army onto our soil and asking them to limit what they take. It’s absurd, but it’s also strange and exceedingly dangerous.

One of the reasons American leaders are slow-walking this serious threat may be due to the massive lobbying operation TikTok has in place to keep Congress and the White House from acting. Multiple reports indicate a number of previously powerful Republicans and Democratic senators as well as dozens of former congressional staff members are lobbying on behalf of TikTok despite the overwhelming evidence it is operating as a surveillance tool for the CCP.

In July 2020 Open Secrets, an investigative and transparency website focusing on money in politics, reported “TikTok’s [lobbying] roster also includes influencers with close ties to top Democrats in Congress. TikTok recently restructured its internal lobbying team by adding several well-connected lobbyists, CNBC reported. Among the company’s new hires is Michael Hacker, former senior adviser to House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Michael Bloom, a former senior adviser to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).” They also report the involvement of David Urban, involved with Trump’s 2016 campaign and 2020 re-election effort.

It doesn’t stop there. TikTok is “paying an army of lobbyists including former Sens. Trent Lott (R-MS) and John Breaux (D-LA) and former Reps. Jeffrey Dunham (R-CA) and Barton Gordon (D-TN). The lobbying team also includes at least 31 former congressional staffers nearly evenly split between parties, including those who worked for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY),” according to the Examiner.

Rep. Mike Gallagher told the newspaper, “It’s abhorrent that any American, let alone former members and staffers, would sell out their country to make a quick buck courtesy of the Chinese Communist Party and its proxies.” Indeed.

In the meantime, as TikTok continues to feed its communist bosses in Beijing our biometric and other sensitive data, it’s more than privacy that’s at stake—it’s national security during a time of war and adventurism by the world’s tyrants including the CCP, Putin, Iran, and North Korea.

One international media entity warns Tiktok is a “tool for espionage” and should be banned in all Democratic countries, saying it is “naïve and dangerous” allowing it to continue. Senators Rubio and Gallagher are calling for TikTok to be banned in the United States. With the Keystone Kops running the White House, we need more than talk and investigations. We need action by Congress to ban this bomb hidden in plain sight, while we still can.


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JennD.39
1 month ago

I have been warning my own kids (all grown, some with families of their own) about using this app (so-called?) for anything. No pleasure, no “following,” NOTHING. I say BAN IT from all American use.
It would be long overdue, IMHO.
I would not trust the CCP as far as I can throw them, and I have bad shoulder…so that pretty much tells you how far I would (not) be able to “throw/trust” them AT ALL.

Harry
1 month ago

I said that 3 years ago.

Canuckulator
2 months ago

and i thought only democrats and liberals wanted to ban free speech! no matter how disgusting or devious an internet platform may be, if you’re obtuse enough to believe what these sites espouse, banning them WILL NOT stop stupid people from believing what they do believe.

A Voter
2 months ago

Seems I recal Trump pushing for the banning of Tic Tok while he was president and those suffering from OMB syndrome calling it crazy. What isn’t being discussed is the danger of Chinese info gathering via the IOT channels. IOT-Internet Of Things. Cellphones are notoriously gathering and sending data behind the back of users even when the only other devices in range are someone else’s cell phone. That other phone will receive the information and since it is addressed to that particular phone, it will store the info and wait for another device to forward it to. This process will repeat as many times as necessary until the data reaches it’s intended destination. Make no mistake snout it, China doesn’t give a rat’s ass about the funny video you posted on Tic Tok, it is the permissions given to the app that allows it to mine data from other apps on your phone that you will never even know it is gathering or sending.
As for old Mike, he is either a former Twitter employee now reduced to trolling on here, a Chinese operative and most certainly a puppet liberal. It is obvious given the fact that he cannot construct more than one sentence at a time that usually includes a rude insult.

TOMASD
2 months ago

Once again, the US is willfully ignorant. If it weren’t for the people that came before the last 2 generations the US would be a 2nd. or 3rd. world nation. We’d be taken over by a stronger nation that actually uses common sense and our plethora of natural resources would be drained and exported around the world. We may be heading in that direction anyway. If the dreaded white, Christian males ever stop entering the military, the US will either have to bring back the draft or watch the US fade. Technology can only take you so far in warfare and other nations are catching up.

Mike
2 months ago

Download and use TikTok. It’s a wonderful platform.

Stan d. Upnow
2 months ago

Stop with the banning this and banning that! Aren’t we sick of this so-called “cancel culture,” yet? What needs to be done is to have the media honestly report on the issue, for a change.
Once people are made aware of the dangers, if they want to continue with TikToc, well, don’t come crying when you suffer the consequences.
That same modus operandi should be applied across the board to drugs, sex, voting for subversive Progressive-Socialists, etc..

Westhus
2 months ago
Reply to  Stan d. Upnow

Normally I’d agree but this is more than a cancel culture issue. The extent of the CCP surveillance state is real. Just ask anyone who’s had to travel to the PRC about using a separate device while in-country vs. personal devices (let alone facial recognition and other measures.).

BQnut
2 months ago
Reply to  Stan d. Upnow

Why? If something I have has great potential to harm you, are you willing to just trust me to “take good care of it?” “Have the media honestly report?” Isn’t that like asking everyone to just stop doing bad things? What makes you think you, Stan d. Upnow, will not also suffer the consequences? “Banning” is not a dirty word. And while I’m not into banning everything dangerous, one must consider the magnitude of the threat?

Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  BQnut

You’re an idiot who is anti freedom.

Bruce P
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

You are an idiot who it anti common sense.

slymet
2 months ago

I downloaded TikTok but didn’t use it much. When I learned that the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) was using it to spy on Americans and gather their passwords, etc., I deleted the app. I didn’t have it more than two months. So many young people use it because it’s a fun distraction, but our country needs to ban it because the CCP is our enemy in spite of what compromised Joe Biden tells us. I doubt if Mr. Biden will do anything about it so Congress needs to act ASAP.

American Vet
2 months ago

I agree 110% that Tik Tok should be banned, it should have been banned a long time ago, it is owned and operated by Communist China and it is saturated with identity thieves and hackers. It does not take a Rocket Scientist to see that it is a threat to America and Americans but then Joe O’Biden and Rocket Scientist could never be used in the same sentence, he is too stupid to know what main line America really needs along with what Main Street America does not need and that is Joe O’Biden, Pelosi and most of the Libtard Democrats. O’Biden would rather do what China needs than to do what America needs.

Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  American Vet

Trump should be banned.

ray
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

OK maybe mike should also be banned

Mike
2 months ago

It’s time to expand TikTok, not ban it.

American Vet
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Are you brain dead or a Communist Sympathizer? It takes a Libtard to even say it should be expanded! Tik Tok is anti-America just like Joe O’Biden and the mindless mass of morons that follows the Democrat Libtards!

slymet
2 months ago
Reply to  American Vet

Mike is a troll. I would ignore him. He obviously is not well informed or anti-US.

Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  American Vet

I have no respect for your military service you subhuman.

Donald King
2 months ago
Reply to  American Vet

He may be a little of both.

John and Mrs
2 months ago

Please BAN TIK TOK ASAP

Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  John and Mrs

Expand TikTok.

JIM
2 months ago

Ban Tic Tok

Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  JIM

Expand TikTok

susan willy
2 months ago

Ban tik tok

Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  susan willy

Expand TikTok

Marianne
2 months ago

I agree. Tik Tok needs to be banned permanently.

Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  Marianne

If you don’t like it, don’t use it.

Westhus
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

I know you; you’re full name is Mike Hunt.

Elizabeth Cheever
2 months ago

What I have such a hard time understanding is why any citizen of America would TRUST, support and use an app that comes from a country, owned by another country that continues pressing forward to take America down. What part of “death to America” do our own citizens not understand? We have heard foreign governments and citizens chanting “Death to America” and now our own government seems to have joined the choir and singing the same song!

Mike
2 months ago

Trump actually wants to destroy America and our feeedoms.

American Vet
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

You are seriously demented and clearly follow the diseased Democrat Libtards that is doing everything to destroy America! Your demigod Joe O’Biden openly does everything the puppet masters tell him to do, like shutting down the pipe-lines so that gas prices would go sky high and trucking costs quadrupled thus everything is grocery stores more than doubles and some tripled. Joe O’Biden opened the borders so that all the Mexican scum will flood into our Country and quickly degrade America, he does it and it is planned! President Trump stopped the Mexican invasion of America, President Trump brought gas prices down, grocery prices went down, jobs went up, President Trump worked to make America BETTER and Joe O’Biden after the Democrat Libtards stole the 2020 Election works to make America WORSE and WORSE and WORSE! You and all the Libtards needs to get on your knees and ask for God to forgive you for what you have done and are doing to America and to Americans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  American Vet

You’re a drunk fool.

Donald King
2 months ago
Reply to  American Vet

Mike’s nothing but a keyboard Rambo who like to stir things up a little bit and engage in angry posts. He won’t go away as long as anyone replies to him. Just ignore him and pretend that he’s nowhere on planet earth. There’s lots more intelligent postings on this site to comment on no matter whether agree or disagree with the posters.

Stan d. Upnow
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

The TDS has a strong grip on this one!

Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  Stan d. Upnow

You have a stupid username.

Robert Zuccaro
2 months ago

Harvesting personal data and unduly influencing US elections…. who does Tik Tok think they are? Twitter and Facebook? Or perhaps the FBI?

Laura G
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert Zuccaro

Exactly my issue. It doesn’t matter what social media you use, they’re all trying to get & are probably successfully getting your data. Best scenario is to not have a cell phone, but which one of us is going to that measure? Even without a cell phone they can track you through your banking data or your car even. Nothing is safe anymore. Tiktok is no worse than all the rest.

Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  Laura G

Then don’t use it you stupid imp.

slymet
2 months ago
Reply to  Laura G

Use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to shield you from online snoopers. It’s worth it to purchase one through Costco, Express VPN, etc. It’s good on multiple devices such as your laptop, your mobile phone, your iPad, etc.

Stan d. Upnow
2 months ago
Reply to  slymet

Caution there. You must be certain that VPN does Not store your online activity; many do! In that case, those records can be accessed by any authority, or even hackers.

Stan d. Upnow
2 months ago
Reply to  Laura G

Exactly. Our own formerly vaunted agencies & institutions have been infiltrated by the Left and weaponized against traditional America. Our enemies do not have to lift a finger to defeat the U.S.; their traitorous proxies here will do the dirty work for them.

patriot
2 months ago

Tic Toc was banned, by Pres. Trump, and he was right again. Everything he did was for the nation he loves! Everything Bidum the idiot does is for power/control and to fill his pockets

Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  patriot

You are not a patriot.

American Vet
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

I got news for YOU, you certainly are NOT a Patriot, Traitor would be more accurate for YOU! What is wrong in America is LIBTARDS just like YOU that wants to turn America into a third world crapper and then be invaded and taken over by Communist! Why don’t you wake up and get some common sense and take your head out of the sand and try to learn some truth and real facts instead of just taking your head out of the sand long enough to drink the koolaid and get in line like the Libtards tell you to do! It is pathetic for anyone that would follow your demigods Joe O’Biden and Pelosi when nether of them have any common sense and daily sells America out just to fill their bank accounts!

Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  American Vet

You and Trump and DeSantis and the rest of the GOP are traitors.

Stan d. Upnow
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

They say nobody know you’re stupid until you open your mouth….. Mike.

Theresa Coughlin
2 months ago

Tik tok should have been banned already. what are we waiting for?

Diesel Dave
2 months ago

Our treasonous representatives and lobbyists are making too much money from it. The least of their concerns is the safety and security of the U.S. citizens.

Stan d. Upnow
2 months ago
Reply to  Diesel Dave

Bingo

Cher Miller
2 months ago

It WAS. By TRUMP. He banned TikTok. But Biden’s FIRST ACTION in Office on 1/20/21, was to UNDO Trump’s Ban!!! Biden’s ‘most important priority’ in his allegiance to the Communist Party in China, as opposed to serving America’s interests, like Trump did!

Mike
2 months ago

Don’t use it dummy.

American Vet
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Yes, it is DUMMIES that use it and support it and defends it!!! Dummies that don’t know the difference between Patriots and Traitors!!!!!!!!!

Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  American Vet

You are a dummy.

BobA
2 months ago

The Chinese probably laugh their butts off when they see the stupid American’s taking their challenges’ from TikTok, many of which have killed people. The “Black out” challenge killed 82 between 1995 and 2007 in the US alone. A 10-year-old girl in Italy accidentally asphyxiated herself by tying a belt around her neck and was pronounced brain-dead by doctors. When we ever listen?

David Millikan
2 months ago

TikTok is owned by a Communist government.
Just as Disney is owned by Communist China.
How long are you going to support and Finance a Communist country that wants YOUR country and wants you DEAD?

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