The heads of both the U.S. Senate Committee on Intelligence believes that Beijing influences what’s trending on TikTokAs momentum grows among U.S. legislators for an outright ban on the app, this is a fresh argument to curtail the Chinese-owned social networking platform.

“The fact is, the algorithms that determine what you see on TikTok is determined out of Beijing by China,” Senator Mark Warner (D.Va.), claimed on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday night

Warner highlighted the trends in videos from different places. “If you look at what Chinese kids are seeing on their version of TikTok, which emphasizes science and engineering, versus what our kids and the kids around the world are seeing, it is dramatically different,” Warner stated. ByteDance is the owner of TikTokDouyin, a Chinese short-video/livestreaming app is also available.

Senator Marco Rubio (R.Fla.), who joined Warner on CBS claimed that TikTok had data on “millions and millions of Americans,” This could give Chinese officials a boost “the advantage of being able to shape American public opinion in a time of crisis,” The ability to “steer the conversation in this country in any direction they want.”

Neither Senator’s office immediately responded to a phone call requesting comment made outside of U.S. business hours.

Warner and Rubio Are echoing concerns From U.S. officials in national security about Beijing’s alleged control over ByteDance’s recommendation algorithms. Christopher Wray, FBI director, voiced concern last December that Beijing’s influence of TikTok They would be able to adapt to the changing trends “to manipulate content, and if they want to, to use it for influence operations.”

TikTok is in the middle negotiations with U.S. officials on How to organize your business in order to address national security issues

“As Senators Warner and Rubio both made clear, they are not familiar with the technical aspects of our comprehensive proposal to address their national security concerns regarding data security and foreign influence over TikTok,” You can find more information at TikTok Spokesperson The Sunday Review Continued that the company was “well underway” These changes should be implemented.

“We stand ready to brief the Senators and their staff on our efforts to date and our additional commitments,” According to the spokesperson. 

Censure and control

Concerns from the U.S. TikTok Focus on ByteDance was its owner. on Chinese tech firm to provide U.S. data sharing.

China’s government in 2021 took a small stake in ByteDance’s China-based subsidiary, which also gave it the right to appoint one of its board members. Beijing These so-called “sequel” opportunities are being pursued more often golden shares in Chinese tech companies to expand its oversight over the country’s large tech firms.

Chinese video platforms must block any content that authorities consider to be dangerous. can Videos that encourage excessive wealth and wasteful activity, as well as content denigrating the Chinese Communist Party, are all possible. 

January 24, Beijing announced The company had begun a month-long campaign in suppression of unwanted content to promote an allegedly more positive environment. “healthy, festive and peaceful” internet after Lunar New Year. ByteDance then announced it would subsidise internet. influencers Traditional Chinese content. 

Will TikTok get banned?

U.S. Bans TikTok from devices issued by the federal government as part of last December’s omnibus bill. Nearly 30 states in the United States have banned social media apps from their government devices. This has led some universities to ban the app. on Campus internet networks

However, some members of Congress in the United States want to take it further by pursuing a national ban on the use of social media apps. Last week, Representative Michael McCaul (R-Tex.The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair, Representative Michael McCaul (R-Tex.), pledged to make sure that the committee would vote on A nationwide TikTok ban next month. 

It is possible for the U.S. intelligence agency to be split on The value of an TikTok Ban, nationwide or only on government devices. A report by Al Jazeera, Officials in Connecticut delayed possible TikTok Ban after FBI contacts claimed they “couldn’t find evidence” Any new information you wish to share on This social media company and other state bans were founded “on news reports and other open source information about China in general, not specific to TikTok.”

The Wall Street Journal According to reports, TikTok It is seeking to reorganize U.S.-based tech company Oracle. This would require Oracle to store all of its content servers in America. In addition, it would establish a U.S. security subsidiary that would be accountable to the Committee. on Foreign investment is better than ByteDance in the United States.

These plans may not suffice for U.S. legislators who are skeptical about any ByteDance proposal. “It is nearly impossible for any Chinese company to comply with both Chinese law and our expectations in this country,” Rubio on CBS.

“I don’t know how our national security interests and the operation of TikTok in this country, as long as it’s owned by ByteDance, can coexist,” He went on.

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