Democrats don’t care that Communist China is collecting sensitive data on millions of citizens.
They don’t even believe it’s a problem.
This top Democrat has a horrifying defense of Communist China spying on Americans.
FBI Director Chris Wray told the House Homeland Security Committee last November that TikTok creates “national security concerns” because the Chinese Communist government can use the app to influence Americans or control their devices.
“Chinese government could use it to control data collection on millions of users or control the recommendation algorithm, which could be used for influence operations if they so choose, or to control software on millions of devices, which gives it an opportunity to potentially technically compromise personal devices,” Wray said.
Due to the increasing, unavoidable evidence of spying abilities, a bipartisan group of American lawmakers are finally considering a potential forced sale of TikTok, something former President Donald Trump tried to achieve years ago.
Yet despite the evidence from Biden’s FBI Director, some Democrats are openly defending TikTok.
During Thursday’s broadcast of NBC’s “MTP Now,” Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) claimed there isn’t any evidence that TikTok poses a national security threat.
Host Chuck Todd asked, “[I]f there really is a national security concern, the economic argument then rings hollow, does it not?”
Bowman responded, “Correct. Yeah, exactly, right. So, if there’s Chinese espionage happening on TikTok, absolutely, that trumps everything else. The problem is, there’s been no evidence of that. But there’s been hysteria. And my point is, take a step back, look at the national security concerns of all platforms. Donald Trump used Twitter to nurture the behavior that occurred on January 6 and a violent insurrection. That’s a national security concern. Looking the other way and allowing Russia to interfere in the 2016 election, that’s a national security concern.”
“I would argue that misinformation and the spreading of misinformation on these platforms are [national security concerns],” he added. “And, more importantly, they impact the psychology of the American people in a way that’s negative and harmful to us, forcing us to almost be at war with ourselves. This happens on American platforms, not just on TikTok.”
Rep. Robert Garcia (D-CA) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) spoke out against a ban on TikTok.
“I share many of the same security and privacy concerns over TikTok. But over 100 million Americans use the app and many to support small businesses and important social causes,” Garcia said on Wednesday evening. “We should work towards a solution that addresses concerns and allows the app to continue.”
Officials in China also “resolutely oppose” a potential forced sale of TikTok.
“If the news is true, China will resolutely oppose it,” Shu Jueting, a spokeswoman for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, said on Thursday according to the Associated Press.
She added that the sale “would seriously damage investors from multiple countries including China” and hurt “confidence to invest in the United States.”
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