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TikTok: Bringing Chinese Censorship anda to American Teens

TikTok: Bringing Chinese Censorship anda to American Teens

The Chinese government appears to be blocking footage of the protests in Hong Kong from appearing on its video-sharing app TikTok.

As noted by The Washington Post, a search for some of the most popular Hong Kong-related hashtags on Twitter failed to produce a single video on TikTok.

TikTok is a Chinese-built app that was launched in China under the name “Douyin” in 2016 and released to the rest of the world in 2017. TikTok has been downloaded on 1.3 billion phones throughout the world, including 110 million in the United States.

When asked about its “purported independence from censors in Beijing,” by the Post, TikTok owner ByteDance released a statement claiming its app is “a place for entertainment, not politics.”

This claim is far from the truth. While TikTok is known for pop culture references and cute cat videos, people regularly use the app to send political messages.

In recent months, Douyin has been used to share videos related to the troubling situation in Xinjiang – where Uighur Muslims are persecuted, surveilled, and sent to concentration camps. Most of these videos are detected by authorities and deleted.

Considering TikTok’s popularity, it is virtually impossible that no videos of the protests in Hong Kong have been shared – even if users are afraid of being captured by Chinese authorities.

As noted by Futurism author Natalie Coleman, this is a “terrifying example of how social media can be manipulated as a form of social control.”

As we find out more about TikTok, researchers worry the app could bring Chinese-style censorship to American audiences and shape the way people understand current events. 

Rohan Midha, who manages British marketing firm PMYB, describes TikTok as a “massively untapped platform that organizations can use to change the perceptions of a massive audience.” Most TikTok users are “quite young,” continues Midha, “so you can reach a young demographic who it might be easier to shape their perceptions outright.”

Author’s Note:

This is what totalitarian states can do. They can re-write history.

Of course China is censoring TikTok. China doesn’t want the world to know about Hong Kong’s struggle for Democracy because they want to crush Hong Kong and absorb it into mainstream People’s Republic of China. And they certainly don’t want the rest of the world to know about the religious crackdown in Xinjiang.

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  1. Fire21

    And yet, as with the rise of Hitler, the world does nothing about it…

  2. John Wood

    The Chi Coms are as murderous and controlling now as they were under Mao.

  3. Eli

    The Chinese Government is a Communist government. They will not tolerate the Islamic aggression, which has been allowed to dominate over 50 nations, as they now try to push in on Israel, Great Britain and America with their political teachings in the mosques. Islamists try to push their Sharia law. It is usually Christians, that are persecuted in Islamic nations. This is a fight back method being used by Austria, Hungary, Bularia, and others in that area to remove Islamic aggression. Our Congress has 50 Communists in our Congress, who unite with Muslims. This is dangerous for American government. Camps in wartime helped to protect or control those who are causing rebellion. Americans have more porn apps that our children are tricked into, from out of Hollywood. I read Hollywood may be the biggest production of porn addiction, destroying our young people. I think Americans should be just as concerned about these apps, which allow predators to abduct our youth.

  4. Eli

    If you want to talk, distortion of news, then listen to the American liberal news, since much of it is twisted by CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC and other Democrat Socialist Media propaganda. And now Fox joins in The lies and twisted articles only try to give the liberal slant, while trying to insult our President, and glorifying the lies of Pelosi. The President was talking about the new Pharmeceutical “technological, Ultraviolet A Healight” which was to take a spectrum of UVA or healight and probe into and disinfect an infected lung. It can remove bacteria, a virus and coronavirus in a body cell, without damaging it. The news media didn’t bother finding information, but flips it into a fabricated monologue. Now that’s American propaganda and censorship, when you can’t get anyone to stand with the President.


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