TikTok APP that took Gibraltar by storm caught spying – Again

[Trump administration’s TikTok ban has been delayed]

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A U.S. federal court has said a ban on TikTok will not go into effect on Monday, as scheduled.

The move to delay the anticipated ban will allow Americans to continue using the app while the court considers the ban’s legality and whether the app poses a risk to national security, as the Trump administration claims.

For weeks since President Donald Trump signed two executive orders in early August, the government has threatened to shut down the viral video sharing app over fears that its parent company ByteDance, headquartered in Beijing, could be forced to turn over user data to the Chinese government. TikTok, which has 100 million users in the United States alone, has long rejected the claims.

TikTok first filed a lawsuit against the administration on September 18, and on Thursday this week filed a last-minute injunction in an effort to stop the ban going into effect Sunday night. On Friday, the government asked the court to reject the injunction in a sealed motion, which the government later refiled as a public motion with some redactions. A public hearing on the injunction was set for Sunday morning. The case is being heard in DC District Court, by judge Carl J. Nichols presiding.

In its ruling on Sunday, the court gave just its decision, with the formal opinion handed over privately to just the two opposing parties. Due to sensitive material included in the government’s motion, the parties have until Monday to ask for any redactions before the final opinion will be published.

The decision is just the latest episode in the continuing saga of the sprawling fight over the future of the fastest-growing social app in America. A deal reached between ByteDance and the U.S. government last weekend was believed to have resolved the standoff between the two parties, but the deal has frayed over disputed details between buyer Oracle and ByteDance.

The administration first launched an action against TikTok on August 6, with President Trump arguing in an executive order that the app posed an unreasonable national security risk for American citizens. That order mirrored a similar one published the same day that put restrictions on the popular Mandarin-language messenger app WeChat, which is owned by China-based Tencent.

Last weekend, a federal magistrate judge in San Francisco put in place an injunction on the Commerce Department’s ban on WeChat, pending further court deliberations. TikTok, whose arguments mirror those in the WeChat lawsuit, was hoping for a similar outcome in its own legal proceedings.

One difference between the two lawsuits is the plaintiffs. In WeChat’s case, a group of WeChat users filed a lawsuit arguing that a ban would hurt their expression of speech. TikTok is representing itself in its own fight with the government.

The court case is TikTok Inc. et al v. Trump et al (1:2020-cv-02658).

(Trump administration’s TikTok ban has been delayed – TechCrunch)

Report: TikTok Insiders Say Communist China Still Controls Direction of Company

Business Insider reports that despite TikTok’s attempts to publicly distance itself from China following scrutiny over the company’s relations with the Chinese government, insiders state that much of the company’s direction still comes from ByteDance staff in Beijing.

In November, ByteDance reorganized into six different business units, making a clear distinction between TikTok and its Chinese products.

But according to six current and former TikTok employees, the firm was still largely under the influence of ByteDance’s Beijing headquarters.

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TikTok Is Worse Than You Thought


This is a Must-Watch (30min), whether you participate in TikTok or know others that do. It should change your mind on what you think is a "harmless" app.

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A study suggests that TikTok shares your data more than any other apps (10 Feb 2022)

Jan 2022 – Sweden’s youth are being shown the potential for war by TikTok to the dismay of children and young teenagers. Some can’t sleep. Some ask their parents if Russia is about to attack their country. “War is coming,” say some TikTok videos that the social media platform is aimed at Swedish children. Other videos say that Russian forces will bomb their country. The Chinese-owned, algorithm-driven platform is a perfect tool for a country wishing to weaken another country’s morale.'War Is Coming’ - TikTok Used To Scare Swedish Children.

Jan 2022 – TikTok’s user base mostly consists of children and adolescents, which many consider to be vulnerable groups. This is a main reason for different authorities to express their worries. However, it isn’t just the youth that might be in danger from TikTok. Hacker group Anonymous claims that TikTok was primarily developed as spyware for the Chinese government. –Privacy Risks of TikTok: Why This Invasive App is Dangerous

SIDENOTE (AUKUS was mentioned in the video):

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How many of Gibraltar's watchers have been compromised?


China’s Greatest Weapon: TikTok Pushes Suicide Videos on 13-Year-Olds

The Chinese app’s recommendation algorithm is so advanced that within ten minutes, it will start pushing suicide videos if the young TikTok user suggests he is sexually frustrated, according to research published Tuesday by corporate accountability group Ekō and shared with VICE News.

Minutes later, the researchers found that after viewing just ten videos having to do with “incel”-related topics, the TikTok accounts’ “For You” pages were all filled with similar content.

One test account was shown a video that featured a clip of Jake Gyllenhaal — whose films have reportedly been popular among the “incel community” — and in the video, the actor was seen with a rifle in his mouth saying, “Shoot me. Shoot me in the f***ing face.”

The video also included text, which read, “Get shot or see her with someone else?”

Wonder if these guys pushing TikTok in Gib know this?


Fox News host Tucker Carlson gives his take on legislation to ban TikTok and explains a hidden agenda in the bill on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight.'

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