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TikTok Identified as Potential Election Meddling Apparatus

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While video sharing app TikTok might be all the rage among the youth of America, experts are warning that there is a whole lot more to the program than funny or provocative content.

The app, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, is now believed to be a legitimate national security threat with serious implications for the forthcoming US elections.

Emily Jashinsky, culture editor at The Federalist, explained on Wednesday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow how TikTok may provide the Chinese Communist Party with the ability to manipulate American voters’ political perceptions.

Jashinsky noted how ByteDance, the China-based company which owns TikTok, can build “detailed voter profiles” for millions of American users on its digital platform.

“It’s built in a very kind of simple way,” she said of TikTok, “to suck as much data up about you as is possible and then feed you more and more content based on your swiping.”

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TikTok captures users’ behaviors to construct personalized profiles and feed its broader algorithm, Jashinsky observed.

The revelation was a frightening one:

“It’s built in a very kind of simple way,” she said of TikTok, “to suck as much data up about you as is possible and then feed you more and more content based on your swiping.”

TikTok captures users’ behaviors to construct personalized profiles and feed its broader algorithm, Jashinsky observed.

She remarked, “As you’re swiping through videos, they are building a profile on you.” She noted how TikTok logs the amount of time users spend viewing videos and the types of videos and profiles users observe. TikTok’s launching of an “Election Center,” she added, is a threat to national security.

Jashinsky warned of TikTok’s growing influence on American politics as a growing number of Americans describe the digital platform as a source of news and information. She said TikTok, and “social media” more broadly, is becoming the theatre in which “we litigate our politics and our personal lives.”

“We’re sleepwalking into this dystopia,” she warned. “ByteDance is legally required to give their data for national security purposes to the Chinese Communist Party if they ask. That’s the law. They say they won’t do that, but that’s a lot of trust to put in this company and the Chinese government not to use the data, but they can certainly try to manipulate voters with it.”

And then…

Manipulation of Americans’ political views “can be very subtle,” Jashinsky stated. She speculated that TikTok can be weaponized to make “Americans more and more divided,” such as “up-regulating trans content [and] BLM content.”

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TikTok has been controversial for years, with former President Donald Trump taking some action against the app during his first term, but those guardrails have since been largely removed.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.




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