It is increasingly clear that TikTok is just a front for a Chinese communist information campaign.
Your kids think TikTok is harmless fun other than encountering the occasional pervert. But it is notable that Hong Kong protest videos never seemed to gain traction on that social media front.
It just so happens to be the one social media website that is owned by the Chinese.
Searches on the TikTok app in the U.S. using Chinese characters produce similar results. A main protest hashtag (反送中), used to refer to the anti-extradition movement, shows about 100 videos totaling roughly 105,000 views. For comparison, a hashtag for #snails on TikTok has more than 6.6 million views. TikTok’s parent company has offered limited information about its mix of human and algorithmic censors, which scan videos and remove blacklisted words and images. The company’s chief said last year it would employ 10,000 moderators to flag and remove content following a crackdown from Chinese regulators targeting the app’s “improper content.”
We actively block TikTok in our home for other reasons. This just reinforces the app is another door through which the Chinese can get a foothold in information warfare.