Donald Trump is having an “I told you so” moment.
Now, TikTok is making the former president look like a genius.
And the latest revelation about the China-based company will give you chills.
Back in 2020 the Trump administration hit the panic button pushing for a total ban on the social media giant.
Trump warned that the app installed on millions of Americans’ smartphones amounted to a massive spyware network for China’s Communist Party.
He ordered government employees to keep the app off their phones and demanded that Byte Dance sell its company to a US based entity.
Of course, when Joe Biden got into office those plans all unraveled.
Now a jaw-dropping report in the Wall Street Journal just revealed that Byte Dance has tracking pixels installed in state government websites in 27 different states.
Incredibly, that includes some states where state workers have already been banned from using TikTok.
In an exclusive interview with the Wall Street Journal, Feroot Security’s CEO explained the significance of that discovery.
“Feroot Security CEO Ivan Tsarynny told The Wall Street Journal that TikTok ‘can be watching and recording you when you’re renewing your driver’s license, paying your taxes or filling out doctors’ forms’ through pixels it leaves on the government websites,” the newspaper reported.
A fight over national security or the big money from TikTok’s data?
Of course, that news has Republicans who have been warning about Byte Dance for years infuriated.
“So TikTok is now turning state government websites into surveillance devices. Here’s an idea. Ban TikTok,” Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) wrote in a tweet. “Can’t wait to hear the explanation for this.”
According to Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), the explanation is simply that TikTok provides a political edge for some Democrat candidates.
“Democratic political operatives believed that TikTok is politically advantageous for them,” he told Fox Radio’s Brian Kilmeade. “And so they kind of want to look tough on China, but they don’t want to crack down on this website, because they’re using it, and they think it benefits them, even though it’s hurting the country.”
TikToK’s CEO has already used his company’s platform to rile up the Gen Z users Democrats fear to get them to lobby on his behalf.
“Some politicians have started talking about banning TikTok,” which “could take TikTok away from all 150 million of you,” Shau Zi Chew announced.
He asked users to share “what you love about TikTok” ahead of his appearance during a Congressional hearing.
If he can convince a generation of Americans to look the other way while China continues to spy on them it will be the ultimate coup for America’s most formidable adversary.
Of course, the politicians who are threatening to ban TikTok are willing to hold off, as long as the company “onshores” all of its data.
That would be a likely result in a massive windfall for a company like Amazon Web Services or Oracle.
As for user’s data and national security concerns, the Wall Street Journal allegations are deeply concerning.
While TikTok denies that the Chinese Communist Party has access to their data, American politicians in both parties have good reasons to find that “preposterous.”
Chief among them is that they know national security laws currently allow the United States government to collect personal data on its own citizens despite most all of those efforts being blatantly unconstitutional.
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