Liberals rally to save Chinese app TikTok
Liberals are pushing the Trump administration to hold off on a U.S. ban of Chinese social media company TikTok despite concerns that the company fronts for the communist regime as spy shop, saying that if Trump bans the social media company he’ll feel wrath at the polls in November.
The mainstream media is widely reporting on a Morning Consult poll that shows 33 percent of adults oppose the ban and 29 percent support it. Forbes warned that a ban would have “dire” political consequences among independent and youth votes that it claims will decide the election.
“TikTok users have already demonstrated their ability to mobilize en masse both in pursuit of progressive politics and in opposition to Trump. It has been widely used to organize and communicate during the protest movements that sprung up in the wake of George Floyd’s death,” said Forbes’ Andrew Solander.
Over the weekend, king of the Never-Trumpers – uber-liberal Steve Schmidt, who was behind the smear campaign of Sarah Palin while he worked for the McCain campaign in 2008 – says that Trump will earn the wrath of his teenage daughter and her friends if he bans TikTok.
“As a Dad who has looked into the rage and grief stricken eyes of teenagers as I have taken their phones away, I think @realDonaldTrump has no clue about what’s about to happen when he tries to shut down Tik Tok. Teenagers can be cruel and Trump has earned it. This will be great,” tweeted Schmidt.
Trump has announced he will put off a ban temporarily as TikTok explores a possible buyout offer from Microsoft to allay concerns that the company sends user data, including facial recognition information, to the ChiComs.
The companies have 45 days to present a deal to regulators.
“Trump had dismissed the idea of a sale to Microsoft on Friday. But following a discussion between Trump and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, the Redwood, Washington-based company said in a statement on Sunday that it would continue negotiations to acquire TikTok from ByteDance, and that it aimed to reach a deal by Sept. 15,” reported Reuters.
Meanwhile, despite the liberal backlash, the Democrat and Republican national committees have warned campaign workers of both committees of security concerns with TikTok, even as the Democrats (DNC) admit they still use the app for campaign purposes.
“Campaign staff should refrain from using foreign-developed apps such as FaceApp and TikTok. If your staff has already downloaded and used either app, they should delete the app and suspend their accounts. If you are using TikTok for campaign work, we recommend using a separate phone and account,” said a memo from the DNC in December.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is telling Americans that they should take the privacy threat seriously, as well.
“Here’s what I hope that the American people will come to recognize — these Chinese software companies doing business the United States, whether it’s TikTok or WeChat, there are countless more … are feeding data directly to the Chinese Communist Party, their national security apparatus — could be their facial recognition pattern, it could be information about their residence, their phone numbers, their friends, who they’re connected to,” Pompeo told Maria Bartiromo.
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