• Tik- Tok users ruined Trump’s rally in Tusla and Oklahoma
• Trump is running attack adverts against Tik Tok
Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram pages are running four advertisements warning that “TikTok is spying on you!” and saying Americans deserve privacy. The ads link to a survey asking whether users think Trump should ban TikTok in the U.S., and then, of course, prompting survey takers to donate to the Trump campaign.
Tik Tok users mess with Trump’s campaign
Tik Tok is just the latest social media company that Trump has attacked to drum up donations. His campaign briefly ran ads against Snapchat and Twitter for “meddling” in the 2020 elections. Social media companies are a favorite target for Republicans, who stoke their base’s outrage when they (baselessly) claim these platforms “censor conservative voices.”
However, the TikTok attack is a horse of a different color. The Chinese company ByteDance owns TikTok, which has raised national security concerns over whether the app might be sending U.S. user data to China. TikTok says it does not do that, nor would it comply with requests. However, a broad 2017 Chinese law requires companies to comply with national security data gathering requests when asked.
Trump is considering Tik Tok ban in America
Coincidentally, or not so much, over the past month, Trump administration officials have glommed on to anti-TikTok sentiment as politicians and private companies alike have warned employees against using it. Tensions with China are currently high, as the Trump administration continues to blame the country for the spread of coronavirus. There’s also the fact that K-Pop fans-turned-activists used TikTok to mess with the Trump campaign in a way that may have seriously screwed up attendance at the President’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Earlier in July, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the administration was considering a TikTok ban.
A security flaw, discovered by researchers in March, is providing Trump with fodder for targeting TikTok. TikTok, as well as many other apps and news sources (including Fox News), is able to read and gather data from the clipboard of an iPhone (that’s the space where things you have cut, copied, or pasted are stored).