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
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.
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.
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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."