TikTok is one of the most popular and controversial social media platforms in existence.
The short-form video-sharing platform is under more scrutiny than ever as protests continue to mount against the Chinese Communist Party’s human rights abuses.
And now one potential Republican presidential candidate is banning TikTok.
TikTok is all the rage with today’s youth.
The social media platform surpassed two-billion app downloads in 2020.
That same year it was named one of the three fastest growing brands – along with Peacock and Zoom.
And last year it topped Google as the most popular website of 2021.
But TikTok is not all fun and games.
The short-form video-sharing application is owned by Chinese company, ByteDance.
Meanwhile, the Chinese Communist Party oversees the supposed, “independent” ByteDance.
TikTok’s parent company has been linked to surveillance and privacy concerns, along with allegations that it shares user data with the Chinese government.
The app is banned already in multiple countries, including India.
In 2020, then-President Donald Trump started the process of banning TikTok unless it was sold to an American-run business.
ByteDance avoided the U.S. boycott by partnering with Oracle.
But now, one U.S. Governor is issuing a TikTok ban of her own.
South Dakota is banning TikTok for state government.
We will have no part in intelligence gathering for China, a nation that hates America. I hope other states quickly follow this example and protect the vital private information of our citizens. pic.twitter.com/rJ2H2k0Rlk
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) November 29, 2022
Republican Kristi Noam of South Dakota has signed an executive order – effective immediately — barring the devices of state employees from accessing TikTok.
“South Dakota will have no part in the intelligence gathering operations of nations who hate us,” Gov. Noem said. “The Chinese Communist Party uses information that it gathers on TikTok to manipulate the American people, and they gather data off the devices that access the platform.”
The ban impacts all government agencies and employees in the state, as well as, all contractors doing business with state agencies.
Noem – who political insiders have widely considered a top-tier GOP presidential candidate in 2024, though she hasn’t made her intention on running known publicly — hopes her move will become a model followed elsewhere in the country, and perhaps, even nationally.
“Because of our serious duty to protect the private data of South Dakota citizens, we must take this action immediately,” Noem said. “I hope other states will follow South Dakota’s lead, and Congress should take broader action, as well.”
TikTok has recently experienced increased scrutiny as protests over human rights abuses in China ramp up.
From its handling of Tibetans, Hongkongers, Taiwanese and more, The Communist Party of China has earned its reputation as perhaps the biggest human rights abusers on the face of the earth.
Shanghai police grabbing, checking phones up and down the subway pic.twitter.com/dvVZRzJ1tW
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 29, 2022
China’s ongoing, draconian COVID lockdowns have produced some negative press recently for the CCP.
As has the recent story of a building full of Uyghurs and Han Chinese citizens in China catching on fire.
Any Chinese who protest their government’s treatment of its people do so at their own risk.
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida has also recently come out strong criticizing the CCP and any U.S. companies that do business with it – citing Apple, specifically.
Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.