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New analysis here shows that the average #TikTok user is more likely to be exposed to content favorable to the CCP than a user of other major social media

TikTok search results for “PLA” overwhelmingly pro CCP

“Wuhan lab” lacks relevant results on TikTok, suggesting moderation Image
Leaked documents obtained by a reporter in 2019 showed that "TikTok... instruct[ed] its moderators to censor videos that mention Tiananmen Square, Tibetan independence, or the banned religious group Falun Gong." Those guidelines are no longer in use.…
That same year, a search for #hongkong on Twitter returned images of pro-democracy marchers.

Searches on TikTok revealed a different and for the CCP "more politically convenient" version of reality: playful selfies, food photos & barely a hint of unrest.…
A 2020 analysis by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute found that the top videos for #Xinjiang on TikTok were 15% pro-CCP (denying persecution of Uyghurs), 33% propaganda (depicting Xinjiang in an exclusively idyllic way), 40% entertainment, & just 12% critical of the CCP. Image
Ahead of the most recent U.S. midterms, TikTok allowed CCP state media to run accounts (without, unlike other social media sites, disclosing the state media tie) that targeted U.S. politicians for criticism & pushed divisive content about social issues:…

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Nov 25, 2022
Today, the FCC takes an unprecedented step to safeguard our networks and strengthen America’s national security.

Our unanimous decision represents the first time in FCC history that we have voted to prohibit the authorization of new equipment based on national security concerns. ImageImage
I called for the FCC to take this action in 2021 as a necessary means of closing the “Huawei loophole”—a problem where insecure gear could continue to be approved for use in the U.S. by the FCC despite the threat posed to our national security.
Today’s decision by the FCC to deny equipment authorizations involving insecure equipment responds to strong, bipartisan calls for action.

I want to thank @marcorubio @SenMarkey @SteveScalise & @RepAnnaEshoo in particular for their leadership in passing the Secure Equipment Act.
Read 6 tweets
Jun 28, 2022
TikTok is not just another video app.
That’s the sheep’s clothing.

It harvests swaths of sensitive data that new reports show are being accessed in Beijing.

I’ve called on @Apple & @Google to remove TikTok from their app stores for its pattern of surreptitious data practices. ImageImageImageImage
TikTok doesn’t just see its users dance videos.

It collects search and browsing histories, keystroke patterns, biometric identifiers, draft messages and metadata, plus it has collected the text, images, and videos that are stored on a device's clipboard. Image
Tiktok’s pattern of misrepresentations coupled with its ownership by an entity beholden to the CCP has resulted in U.S. military branches and national security agencies banning it from government devices.

Bipartisan leaders in both the Senate and House have flagged concerns. Image
Read 7 tweets
Apr 21, 2022
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook gave a speech last week in D.C. where he spoke in eloquent terms about Apple’s commitment to running the App Store in a way that promotes human rights.

But his words in Washington founder upon the harsh reality of Apple's conduct in China.

My letter to 🍎
For years, global corporations like Apple have talked about their values in speeches while cutting deals with brutal regimes for access to lucrative markets.

They advance all sorts of arguments to justify their decisions to stand shoulder to shoulder with authoritarians.
But these profit-driven arguments run headlong into real world experience.

China is not opening up or bending towards freedom b/c Apple is doing business there. Far from it. It's cracking down on individual liberty at an accelerating clip.

Look at Hong Kong. Look at Xinjiang.
Read 6 tweets
Mar 27, 2022
In 1996, the Supreme Court wrote that “ensuring public access to a multiplicity of information sources” is a “governmental purpose of the highest order” and, given the bottleneck control cable systems then held, required cable to carry speech they otherwise would have rejected.
Big Tech is in a far more dominant position when it comes to controlling the free flow of information today than cable was in 1996.

This is particularly so given the centrality of Big Tech’s role in defining what can be said in the modern day / digital town square.
So just like Congress lawfully imposed must-carry rules on cable in 1996—rules that triggered First Amendment scrutiny because they plainly limited cable’s exercise of editorial discretion concerning what speech to carry—Congress can take similar action today w/r/t to Big Tech.
Read 11 tweets
Dec 16, 2020
The debate over Section 230 often produces more heat than light.

One reason: Big Tech’s lobbyists routinely conflate statutory protections with First Amendment rights. 🧵
For instance, they argue that action on the Section 230 Petition would force websites to carry speech in violation of their First Amendment rights.

Not at all. NTIA’s Petition expressly says that websites would retain their 1st Amendment right to remove content “for any reason.”
Similarly, the claim that Section 230 reform would resurrect the Fairness Doctrine or mandate neutrality misses the mark.
The Petition is quite clear on this: It would not require any website to carry “any sort of content at all.”
Read 10 tweets
Jul 27, 2020
On Big Tech, conservatives should stand for more than nothing.

Here’s a plan for promoting greater transparency, accountability, and user empowerment.…
For many Democrats, the path forward is clear. They want to break up Big Tech. They want a moratorium on mergers. And they want social media companies to censor even more online speech.
For many Republicans, this debate is about our path forward. Do we hold Big Tech accountable or do we sit on our hands and do nothing?
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