Our politicians say TikTok could be a “national security threat”. Best possible recommendation!

If the creeps and cretins in Congress fear TikTok, it must be doing something right…

Stop them! They’re looking at me…

TikTok, the viral short video app where millions of teens post comedy skits set to snappy music hooks, is facing a growing backlash in the United States.

US lawmakers on both sides of the aisle warn that the app could pose a national security risk, and are calling on regulators and intelligence agencies to investigate TikTok’s ties to China…

And they’re scared shitless of parody!

The app was downloaded 177 million times last quarter…the second most downloaded app worldwide…It also made $40 million in revenue on the iOS App store last quarter, and has amassed about 100 million users in the United States…

TikTok said in a statement that it stores all US user data in the United States and backs it up in Singapore.

“Our data centers are located entirely outside of China, and none of our data is subject to Chinese law,” the company said in a statement Friday. “Further, we have a dedicated technical team focused on adhering to robust cybersecurity policies, and data privacy and security practices.”

Our Congressional dorks would be laughable if they didn’t have the power they do. Incompetents, brains wrapped in 19th Century DNA, cowardice governed by corruption does not engender respect.

6 thoughts on “Our politicians say TikTok could be a “national security threat”. Best possible recommendation!

  1. I'll be damned says:

    From teen dance craze to political tool. How Chinese app TikTok emerged as a force in US election https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2020/06/22/teen-dance-craze-political-tool-chinese-app-tiktok-emerged-force/
    White House Advisor Navarro Says More U.S. Action on TikTok, WeChat to Be Expected : Trump just ‘getting started’ examining apps : Criticizes Amazon for backing off restriction on TikTok use https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-12/navarro-says-more-u-s-action-on-tiktok-wechat-to-be-expected
    For one brief moment, Amazon was the first US company to ban TikTok for employees
    Wells Fargo Tells Workers to Remove TikTok App From Work Phones https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-11/wells-fargo-tells-workers-to-remove-tiktok-app-from-work-phones
    TikTok users panic as Trump admin considers banning app https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/10/tech/tiktok-ban-users/index.html

  2. Update says:

    “Trump says he will ban TikTok through executive action as soon as Saturday “https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/31/trump-says-he-will-ban-tiktok-through-executive-action-as-soon-as-saturday.html Speaking from Air Force One as he returned from Florida, he said: “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States.”
    The president said he could use emergency economic powers or an executive order to enforce the action, insisting, “I have that authority” before adding: “It’s going to be signed tomorrow.”

    “TikTok ban: Josh Gad tells upset users to ‘show Trump you’re angry’ at November election : ‘Now would be a good time to register to vote,’ the Frozen star said” https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/tiktok-ban-us-trump-josh-gad-2020-election-register-vote-november-frozen-a9649251.html

    TikTok users were held to be partly responsible for the low turnout at the president’s recent rally in Tulsa. While it is unclear how much of a difference those people actually made, reports at the time suggested that posts had encouraged users to sign up for tickets so that they were unavailable to supporters who actually intended to go.
    The app is said to have as many as 80 million users in the US.

  3. Hornswaggled says:

    (8/3/20) “Today the president appeared to bless the budding Microsoft-TikTok deal, continuing his evolution on a possible transaction. After stating last Friday that he’d rather see TikTok banned than sold to a U.S.-based company, Trump changed his tune over the weekend. TikTok is owned by China-based company ByteDance, which owns a portfolio of apps and services.
    A weekend phone call between Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, and the American premier appeared to change his mind, leading to the software company sharing publicly on Sunday that it was pursuing a deal.
    Then today the president, endorsing a deal between an American company and ByteDance over TikTok, also said that he expects a chunk of the sale price to wind up in the accounts of the American government.
    The American president has long struggled with basic economic concepts. For example, who pays tariffs. But to see Trump state that he expects to receive a chunk of a deal between two private companies that he is effectively forcing to the altar is surreal.” https://techcrunch.com/2020/08/03/trump-calls-tiktok-a-hot-brand-demands-a-chunk-of-its-sale-price/
    Article includes a transcription of a few minutes of Trump’s explanation from this morning, when asked about the weekend call with Microsoft’s Nadella.
    C-SPAN transcription of the entire meeting at https://www.c-span.org/video/?474464-1/president-trump-hiring-american-executive-order-signing
    Chinese state media labeled the U.S. a “rogue country” and dubbed the potential sale of social media firm TikTok to Microsoft as “theft,” adding that Beijing “has plenty of ways to respond if the administration carries out its planned smash and grab” of TikTok. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/04/tiktok-microsoft-deal-state-media-says-china-could-retaliate.html

  4. Stay tuned says:

    TikTok is planning to sue the Trump administration, challenging the president’s executive order banning the service from the United States.
    The video-sharing app hugely popular with the smartphone generation will file the federal lawsuit as soon as Tuesday, according to a person who was directly involved in the forthcoming suit but was not authorized to speak for the company. It will be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, where TikTok’s American operations are based, the person said.
    NPR has learned that the lawsuit will argue that President Trump’s far-reaching action is unconstitutional because it failed to give the company a chance to respond. It also alleges that the administration’s national security justification for the order is baseless, according to the source. (NPR 8/8/20) https://www.npr.org/2020/08/08/900394707/tiktok-to-sue-trump-administration-over-ban-as-soon-as-tuesday
    “TikTok’s fate was shaped by a ‘knockdown, drag-out’ Oval Office brawl : Trump advisers Mnuchin and Navarro fought over TikTok as Silicon Valley dealmakers tried to get closer to Trump” https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/08/08/trump-tiktok-mnuchin-navarro/

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