(Article by Jim Patrick republished from LawEnforcementToday.com)
A recent Times article, “On TikTok, Election Misinformation Thrives Ahead of Midterms,” written by Times writer Tiffany Hsu complains how “TikTok is shaping up to be a primary incubator of baseless and misleading information” [read anything that isn’t woke and liberal] ahead of the November 2022 midterms, noting the issue of voter fraud is a prominent topic shared on the platform.
However Hsu buries deep inside the article the fact the Times actually reached out to the Chinese Communist Party-connected social media company and that as a result of that outreach, TikTok began the process of censoring users from using a popular hashtag associated with fears about election interference.
“Baseless conspiracy theories about certain voter fraud in November are widely viewed on TikTok, which globally has more than a billion active users each month,” the article reads.
“Users cannot search the #StopTheSteal hashtag, but #StopTheSteallll had accumulated nearly a million views until TikTok disabled the hashtag after being contacted by The New York Times.”
In other words, the paper which brags about being “All the News That’s Fit to Print” acted in the capacity of a journalistic “Karen,” complaining to the “manager” about content which didn’t fit its political narrative.
Hsu, who might just be a “Karen” herself, goes on to complain that TikTok failed to address so-called “misinformation” in foreign elections, using those in France and Australia as examples.
“The app [also] struggled to tamp down on disinformation ahead of last week’s presidential election in Kenya,” Hsu complained, referencing a report by Odanga Madung, a researcher for the Mozilla Foundation.
“Mr. Madung cited a post on TikTok that included an altered image of one candidate holding a knife to his neck and wearing a blood-streaked shirt, with a caption that described him as a murderer. The post garnered more than half a million views before it was removed.”
So how exactly is TikTok tied to the Chinese Communist Party? Senior Contributor Helen Raleigh of The Federalist reported the company “is owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based internet company” and “collects an enormous amount of data on its users, including IP addresses, browsing history, and biometric information.”
ByteDance claims that American user data “is safe because it is stored on U.S. soil,” however that statement is disingenuous. China’s national intelligence law specifically requires that “all Chinese tech companies must turn over any data they collect if the government demands it.”
“[A] recent BuzzFeed News report, based on leaked internal TikTok meetings, show that ByteDance’s Chinese employees have repeatedly accessed nonpublic U.S. user data,” she said. “One employee of TikTok’s trust and safety department said in a September 2021 meeting that ‘Everything is seen in China.’"
This of course isn’t the first time the New York Times has been involved with TikTok and by extension the CCP. For example, late last year, The Federalist writes, the Times got itself in hot water after it appeared to downplay Chinese President Xi Jinping’s role in the genocide of Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region of China.
“For unknown reasons, the New York Times appears to have intentionally withheld documents that directly linked top Chinese Communist Party officials, including General Secretary Xi Jinping, to the ongoing genocide of Uyghur Muslims in the Xianjiang Uygur Autonomous Region,” wrote Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in a letter to the publisher of the New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger.
“In those now-released ‘Top Secret’ transcripts—documents that the New York Times has allegedly had in its possession since at least 2019—Xi explicitly authorized changing local counterterrorism laws, rounding up and sentencing Uyghurs, the use of forced sterilization, and the use of slave labor in Xinjiang.”
As expected, the Times denies these accusations, with Assistant Managing Editor for International Michael Slackman complaining that Rubio was “simply wrong on the facts.”
But if it waddles like a duck…and quacks like a duck…it’s a duck.
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