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Prominent Gamer Ninja Dumps TikTok Due to Mass Surveillance Concerns

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On July 9, 2020, prominent gamer YouTuber Tyler “Ninja” Blevins announced that he deleted the Chinese-based app TikTok due to his concerns regarding the app’s privacy practices.

“I have deleted the TikTok app off all my devices. Hopefully a less intrusive company (data farming) that isn’t owned by China can recreate the concept legally, such funny and amazing content on the app from influencers,” Ninja announced to his 6 million followers on Twitter.

This latest rejection of TikTok by Ninja represents a growing disillusionment with the app due to increased scrutiny over its privacy practices.

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It previously experienced considerable growth in the last two years — where it reached 1 billion users,

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The social network has positioned itself through its short videos.

It is owned by the Beijing-based tech company ByteDance and has been mired by privacy issues. Some are even questioning its relationship to the Chinese government and raising speculation about the Chinese government having access to user data.

The company has denied any connections to the Chinese government and asserts that its data is secure.

After a deadly encounter with Chinese forces on its border, India’s government banned TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps.

Even Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a Fox News interview that the U.S. government is potentially “looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, especially TikTok. “With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cellphones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too,” Pompeo said during an interview on July 6’s episode of Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle.

Pompeo continued by saying that people should only download TikTok “if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”

The rise of China has made people in the U.S. question its relationship with the East Asian nation.

Although its growth story in the last three decades has been awe-inspiring, China has not fundamentally changed in its authoritarian ambitions.

In fact, many of its aims often collide with American interests.  For that reason, America must socially distance itself from China and pursue policies that allow for reasonable growth while protecting national interests.

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Merrick Garland Suggests that Getting Rid of Lawsuit Protections is Not a Second Amendment Violation

Garland as AG will be a disaster for the right to bear arms.

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If Merrick Garland is nominated as Attorney General, the Second Amendment is in big trouble.

Based on his comments at a Senate hearing on February 22, 2021, Garland made a suggestion that the repeal of lawsuit protections for gun manufacturers is not unconstitutional. 

AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News reminded his readers that President Joe Biden campaigned on a platform of repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which shielded lawful gun manufacturers from lawsuits.

In a previous Breitbart News report, Biden spoke at an MSNBC forum in 2019 alongside gun control organizations such as March for Our Lives where he expressed his support for gun manufacturers to be subject to lawsuits.

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At the speech, Biden suggested that the PLCC be repealed. He declared, “No other outfit in history has gotten this kind of protection” and asserted that the legal actions would bring about “change overnight.”

In a subsequent occasion on February 7, 2020, Breitbart News covered Biden’s remarks to a New Hampshire crowd, in which he stated that it was a “mistake” to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits. He continued, “The first thing I’m going to do as president is work to get rid of that.” 

Later that month, Breitbart News recalled how Biden called out gun manufacturers at a South Carolina rally and boasted, “I’m going to take you down.”

According to a report by The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Senator Mike Lee asked Garland about his views on removing protections for gun manufacturers. Garland responded, “I have not thought myself deeply about this. I don’t think it raises a Second Amendment issue.”

When he was questioned if he is in favor of Biden’s plans to ban so-called “assault weapons”, Garland responded, “Where there is room under the law for the president’s policies to be pursued, then I think the president is entitled to pursue them.”

Biden’s track record as a gun control proponent is well-documented. From his support of gun-free zones at schools to the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, Biden is Gun Control Inc.’s guy. With Democrats in control of the House and the Senate, there will most certainly be attempts to ram gun control down our throats. If they can’t beat us legislatively, they will most certainly use the courts to undermine the Second Amendment. Pro-gun organizations should be ready to lawyer up and use whatever means possible to keep courts from destroying our rights.

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