‘Threat Posed By The CCP’: States Are Taking Action Against Chinese-Influenced TikTok

‘Threat Posed By The CCP’: States Are Taking Action Against Chinese-Influenced TikTok

The social media platform TikTok has recently come under increased scrutiny by U.S. governors, senators and the Biden administration for its ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

TikTok’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance, reportedly uses the social media app to track the personal location of certain American citizens, including citizens with no prior employment history or connection with the company. Another investigation published in December revealed Chinese state media may have pushed content that criticized Republicans and favored Democrats leading up to the 2022 midterm elections.

Some experts warn China is using TikTok to get American children hooked on content with dubious effects. In China, a more educational, restricted version of the app is allowed, called Douyin. Users under the age of 14 are limited to 40 minutes on the app per day. TikTok users spend an average of 95 minutes a day on the platform, according to estimates.

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