The Trump team will attack TikTok again: Global Times reporter Zhao Juehui Jiang Hua] The short video platform TikTok, which has been targeted by the US government, is facing more restrictions. Due to the huge number of users of the platform, whether or not it can help has become the focus of American public opinion. Since last weekend, US President Trump’s campaign team began to place political ads on social media, claiming that TikTok is monitoring users. The US House of Representatives passed a proposal on the 20th local time to prohibit federal employees from downloading TikTok on government-issued devices.
The Trump team will attack TikTok again
According to a Reuters report on the 21st, the Trump campaign team started to place some political ads on Facebook and Instagram since last weekend, targeting the Chinese Internet company ByteDance’s international product TikTok, claiming that “TikTok is monitoring you and monitoring you. What’s in the mobile clipboard”.
CNN stated that these political advertisements also provide a link to a website. After users click on it, they will be redirected to a questionnaire asking whether the respondent should “block” TikTok in the United States and calling on participants to report to Trump Campaign donations. In another version of the “Against TikTok” ad, it says “Protect our children away from China”.
The US has recently continued to put pressure on TikTok. On the grounds of worrying that the personal information of American users will be transmitted to the Chinese government through TikTok, US Secretary of State Pompeo announced on the 7th of this month that he is considering banning TikTok in the United States. On the 16th, Kudlow, director of the White House’s National Economic Council, said that TikTok is expected to be spun off from China’s parent company and operate as an “independent American company”.
Advertise that it monitors users
According to the US Political News Network, the US House of Representatives passed a bill on the 20th to prohibit federal employees from using TikTok on government equipment. The affected people include US government officials, members of Congress, and congressional employees. It is said that the US Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee will consider a similar proposal against TikTok on the 22nd. It is reported that if the bill is passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate, prohibiting the use of TikTok on federal devices may soon become a US law.
In response to questions from the US, TikTok has repeatedly emphasized that the company has never handed over user data to the Chinese government, and will not follow such a request even if it has such a request. Reuters quoted a TikTok spokesperson as saying that TikTok “puts the promotion of a safe App experience and the protection of user privacy as its top priority.”
Some US media mentioned that the rhetoric in the advertisement put by the Trump campaign is related to a research report released by a company called “Mysk”. The research report said that several applications, including TikTok and the commercial social platform LinkedIn, will access the clipboard content of Apple mobile phone users. In this regard, TikTok said, “This is triggered by a feature that recognizes repetitive harassment behavior,” and that this feature has been removed. Mysk recently criticized on Twitter that “Trump’s campaign team is using our’clipboard research’ for political gain, which is sad.”