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Actor Ashton Kutcher Warns That China Could Use Tiktok To Push ‘Anti-Us Propaganda’ And ‘Create A Problem’ Influencing Young Americans

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Actor Ashton Kutcher says he’s concerned over China’s potential for using TikTok to create “anti-U. S. propaganda” in order to influence young, impressionable Americans.

During his time in office, former President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning the Chinese-created and owned social media platform, insisting that the app could be used to spread disinformation campaigns benefitting the Chinese Communist Party and jeopardizing America’s national security.

President Joe Biden, however, revoked the order upon taking office.

In place of the Trump order, Biden will direct the commerce secretary to investigate any apps with ties to foreign adversaries who may “pose a risk to American data privacy or national security,” the Verge reported.

Kutcher recently spoke to Joe Lonsdale of “American Optimist” in an interview about his concern that China could use the popular social media platform as an “anti-Taiwanese propaganda effort,” and worries that China will “create a problem” via TikTok in the South China Sea.

During the discussion, the 43-year-old actor said that he foresees a “massive regulatory battle on the horizon” as it pertains to TikTok.

“If I’m China, and I want to create a problem in that area of the world — specifically a naval problem in the South China Sea — I would probably want to utilize TikTok in order to influence the minds of Americans,” he admitted.

In early June, TikTok quietly updated its privacy policy with regard to United States users, allowing itself to collect U. S. users’ biometric data to include voice print… (Read more)

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