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Ashton Kutcher Warns Chinese Communist Party Uses TikTok to Push 'Anti-US Propaganda'

Actor speaks out over concerns young Americans are being manipulated by China

 on 10th July 2021 @ 1.00pm
ashton kutcher says china can use tiktok to influence young americans © press
Ashton Kutcher says China can use TikTok to influence young Americans

Actor Ashton Kutcher has warned that the Chinese Communist Party-controlled social media app TikTok is being used to push "anti-U.S. propaganda" onto young Americans.

Speaking during a new interview with Joe Lonsdale of the American Optimist YouTube channel, the Hollywood star says China is using the app to influence impressionable young Americans.

He raised concerns that Communist China is able to use the app to "create a problem" in the United States by manipulating people into turning against their own country.

During his time in office, President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning the Chinese-created and owned social media platform.

Trump insists that the app could be used to spy on Americans and spread disinformation campaigns to benefit the Chinese Communist Party and jeopardize America's national security.

Hunter Biden's father Joe Biden, however, revoked the order upon taking office.

joe biden lifted trump s ban on ccp controlled tiktok almost immediately after taking office © press
Joe Biden lifted Trump's ban on CCP-controlled TikTok almost immediately after taking office

In place of the Trump order, Biden will direct the commerce secretary to investigate any apps with ties to foreign adversaries who may "pose a risk to American data privacy or national security," the Verge reported.

Kutcher recently spoke to Joe Lonsdale of "American Optimist" in an interview about his concern that China could use the popular social media platform as an "anti-Taiwanese propaganda effort," and worries that China will "create a problem" via TikTok in the South China Sea.

During the discussion, the 43-year-old actor said that he foresees a "massive regulatory battle on the horizon" as it pertains to TikTok.

"If I'm China, and I want to create a problem in that area of the world — specifically a naval problem in the South China Sea — I would probably want to utilize TikTok in order to influence the minds of Americans," he admitted.

In early June, TikTok quietly updated its privacy policy with regard to United States users, allowing itself to collect U.S. users' biometric data to include voiceprints and face prints.

"We may collect information about the images and audio that are a part of your User Content, such as identifying the objects and scenery that appear, the existence and location within an image of face and body features and attributes, the nature of the audio, and the text of the words spoken in your User Content," a portion of the latest privacy policy read as of June.

"We may collect biometric identifiers and biometric information as defined under US laws, such as faceprints and voiceprints, from your User Content.

"Where required by law, we will seek any required permissions from you prior to any such collection."

According to reports, few states have privacy laws against obtaining biometric data, including California, Illinois, New York, Texas, and Washington.

president donald trump banned tiktok over concerns about anti american propaganda and spying © press
President Donald Trump banned TikTok over concerns about anti-American propaganda and spying

During his discussion, the former "That '70s Show" actor added that most people believe that there is "media manipulation happening" and "misinformation campaigns" taking place, "just not through their sources."

"I think that's wrong, and I think we're about to face a reckoning in that particular domain, and it's going to probably change what social media looks like in the future," he added.

"My sense is that what social media is today is not what social media is going to be in five years.

"If the trendline continues on the path that it's on today, my kids will not be on social media.

"If the trendline pivots as I think it likely will, there's a change that I will allow them to use it."

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tags: China | Propaganda
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