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🎧 Listen: In today's episode of The Journal podcast, stuwoo explains why some states and even the federal government have banned TikTok on government-issued devices

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Jason Solomon: It actually has to do with a national security concern of who owns it, which is ByteDance who's a Chinese-based company, and there is a law that requires them that if they're requested to provide information on their users and all the data that they have to the Chinese government, that they have to do so. As our Congressmen -Larua Armstrong: I've yet to see any evidence that we're being hacked, or our information is being stolen, or spied upon, or taken.

President Donald Trump: We're looking at TikTok. We may be banning TikTok. We may be doing some other things. There are a couple of options, but a lot of things are happening, so we'll see what happens. Stu Woo: So he issues an order that essentially forces TikTok's owner to sell TikTok to an American company. And there was this preliminary deal reached with this coalition of Oracle and Walmart out of all the companies.

Stu Woo: Basically the Justice Department and the Defense Department are on one side where they say, "No, this is too risky. We shouldn't let this deal happen." And on the other side, you have Treasury and Commerce saying, "Let's let the free market decide." They take a more laissez-faire approach. Speaker 11: Leaked audio from dozens of internal TikTok meetings revealed US user data has been repeatedly accessed from China.

Kate Linebaugh: TikTok also said it would be willing to hand over the algorithm it uses to recommend videos to an American company for inspection, specifically Oracle. This is an important concession because there's another big concern with TikTok. Stu Woo: So a few days before Christmas, TikTok sends an email to all its employees and they said, "Okay, we have bad news. We found out that four employees accessed the personal data of some journalists in the US." So TikTok did this internal investigation, found out that their employees had done this, and they fired them. And they also said that they tightened protocols.


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stuwoo Because TikTok is owned and manipulated by the CCP (i.S China) to brainwash our youth, infiltrate our government and keep files on users among other things.

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