60 Minutes: TikTok Is Being Used As ‘Spinach’ For Chinese Kids, While The US Is Being Shipped The ‘Opium’ Version
CBS News is saying what most conservatives have been sounding the alarms about for over 2 years: TikTok is being used to spread propaganda in America.
On top of that, the Chinese owned and controlled social media app is giving kids in the US and China two completely different types of content. Perhaps intentionally.
Which has many people concerned about how the app’s promoted content is being used to manipulate the next generation.
A recent episode of 60 Minutes has revealed the glaring differences in TikTok videos between the two countries.
“It’s almost like [Chinese company Bytedance] recognize[s] that technology’s influencing kids’ development, and they make their domestic version a spinach TikTok, while they ship the opium version to the rest of the world,” says Tristan Harris. https://t.co/Jro1FTGjKB pic.twitter.com/kZ4ucLerar
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) November 7, 2022
Both owned by ByteDance, Doyuin, China’s version of TikTok, serves as the company’s domestic product.
“In their version of TikTok, if you’re under 14 years old, they show you science experiments you can do at home, museum exhibits, patriotism videos and educational videos,” said Tristan Harris, co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology.
“And they also limit it to only 40 minutes per day. Now they don’t ship that version of TikTok to the rest of the world. So it’s almost like they recognize that technology’s influencing kids’ development, and they make their domestic version a spinach version of TikTok, while they ship the opium version to the rest of the world,” he added.
In the 60 Minutes interview, Harris says that the impact has been predictable.
“There’s a survey of preteens in the U.S. and China asking, ‘What is the most aspirational career that you want to have?’ And the US the number one was, ‘ [social media] influencer,'” Harris said. “And in China the number one was, ‘astronaut.'”
“Again, you allow those two societies to play out for a few generations, I can tell you what your world is going to look like.”
Earlier this year, Politico obtained a 2-page memo written to Capitol Hill staffers about the dangers of TikTok.
“TikTok is a Chinese-owned company, and any use of this platform should be done with that in mind,” the memo read.
Later in the year, according to a bombshell report from Forbes, ByteDance reportedly planned to use the platform to track the location of specific American citizens.
In addition to these concerns over data privacy and GPS tracking, TikTok has been caught showcasing its censorship in favor of the progressive regime.
For example, TikTok prohibited users from searching the term “white lives matter.” The video hosting service did so on the grounds that the term is connected to “hateful behavior.”
The tech company also announced back in August that it is adding policies and enforcing new measures to combat “misleading narratives” just ahead of the 2022 election.
TikTok, for instance, plans to label content on “election-related pages” in an effort to combat “election misinformation.”
When will the corporate press finally catch up and pay attention to the fact that Chinese owned TikTok is a national security issue that is damaging the next generation. Making US kids dumber while making China stronger.
Chinese kids see wholesome videos about pandas. Our kids see clips of grownups play acting as little girls.
TikTok's Chinese platform enriches kids while US version dumbs them down: report https://t.co/kBy11JzGMN
— Libby Emmons (@libbyemmons) November 7, 2022
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