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Biden’s Use of TikTok Ignores The Chinese Threat

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The decision by President Joe Biden’s campaign to join TikTok has ignited a firestorm of debate, concern, and speculation. This move, aimed at engaging with the digital-native electorate, unfolds against a backdrop of escalating tensions between the U.S. and China, particularly in the realm of technology and cybersecurity. The engagement of a major political campaign on a platform owned by the Chinese tech company ByteDance has raised eyebrows and questions, given the ongoing scrutiny of TikTok’s potential national security implications.

It has long been speculated that TikTok serves as a Trojan horse for Chinese espionage and propaganda. The technology is certainly suited to that and the Chinese Communist Party has the will to do sinister deeds and more. Technologists have voiced concerns that the platform could be exploited by the Chinese government to collect sensitive information on American users and shape public discourse through the manipulation of content and algorithms. These concerns are rooted in China’s comprehensive cybersecurity laws, which compel companies operating within its jurisdiction to comply with government requests for data, raising the specter of ByteDance being forced to hand over user data or influence content in ways that serve Beijing’s interests.

Adding a layer of complexity to the discussion is the financial entanglements of the Biden family with Chinese interests, as highlighted by Fox News host Laura Ingraham. Ingraham pointed to transactions involving Hunter Biden and a Chinese energy conglomerate, suggesting that the Biden family has profited from relationships established over Joe Biden’s long career in public service. “We all know why Hunter was paid – for his last name and his access, not his friends that you saw in that video,” Ingraham commented, citing government records, court documents, and emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop as evidence of these financial ties. This backdrop of financial dealings adds a contentious dimension to the Biden campaign’s embrace of TikTok, fuelling speculation and criticism about the administration’s stance towards China and its sprawling tech empire.

Despite these concerns, the Biden campaign’s venture into TikTok reflects a calculated gamble to harness the platform’s vast reach among young voters. With over 150 million American users, TikTok offers an unparalleled conduit to the youth demographic, a critical constituency in any electoral strategy. The campaign’s decision to join TikTok, as articulated in statements, is driven by the imperative to “continue meeting voters where they are,” even as it navigates the complex web of national security implications associated with the platform. This balancing act underscores the broader challenge facing modern political campaigns: the need to engage with digital platforms that offer both immense opportunities and significant risks.

In response to the security concerns, both TikTok and the Biden campaign have sought to reassure the public about the measures in place to safeguard data and integrity. TikTok has highlighted initiatives like “Project Texas,” aimed at ensuring U.S. user data is stored securely and away from the reach of Chinese authorities. Meanwhile, the Biden campaign has emphasized its use of advanced safety precautions and the segregation of its TikTok activities from other campaign operations. These efforts reflect a recognition of the potential vulnerabilities associated with the platform and an attempt to mitigate them.

The unfolding story of Biden’s engagement with TikTok encapsulates the attitude of Biden toward Chinese threats, rekindling the speculation that Biden is indeed under the influence of China. His son Hunter certainly received benefits that amounted to millions from the Chinese, and evidence shows “the big guy” got his due. It is too much to ignore.

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