Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) (AOC), brazenly cheered reports of teenagers and Korean pop music fans using the Chinese-owned app TikTok to sign up for President Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and inflate RSVP numbers, so that the campaign thought it was doing better than it really was.
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TikTok, which is popular among teenagers all over the world, is considered such a security risk by the US military that soldiers and sailors are banned from utilizing it on government-issued phones. In October, Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) asked the US intelligence community to look into the app.
On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) additionally published a report that advised that TikTok was boosting the views of certain videos where customers flattered Chinese President and Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping.
Nevertheless, AOC bragged on Twitter Saturday night that “teens” and “KPop allies” used the app to purposely inflate Trump’s rally RSVPs. “KPop” is a reference to South Korean pop music. It is not clear who these alleged music fans or “allies” are.
We have a sitting member of Congress praising foreigners for interfering in a US presidential election. Imagine that.
TikTok is owned by Beijing-based firm Bytedance Ltd. Recently passed national security laws in China allow for the Communist-controlled authoritarian government to access any data that Chinese corporations obtain.
WSJ reported that Cotton and Schumer have been concerned that the Chinese government was censoring content, and media reports have alleged that the app was removing videos that were “politically sensitive” in China.
Two individuals interviewed by the WSJ claimed that videos that praised the communist leader had an uptick in views.
One, a 23-year-old Texas songwriter named TJ Asaday, said his account skyrocketed from 2,000 fans to over 90,000 after he made a 13-second video in April calling Xi “my president.”
“I’d never seen any type of growth on my page until I made that joking video,” he said.
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On Sunday, CNN interviewed a grandmother named Mary Jo Laupp, a former Pete Buttigieg campaign volunteer, who claimed that she was the one who started the scheme for fake RSVPs on TikTok with a video late Thursday night, and it was viral by Friday morning.
Rich is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and runs Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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