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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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NO MURDER CHARGES: Fired Detective Brett Hankinson Receives Indictment for Wanton Endangerment, No Officers are Charged for the Death of Breonna Taylor

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On September 23, 2020, Jefferson County Judge Annie O’Connell announced that fired detective Brett Hankinson will be indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment for his actions on the night of Breonna Taylor’s death.

Hankison had previously admitted to shooting blindly. Some of those shots were fired into neighboring apartments not into Breonna Taylor’s where her boyfriend had opened fire onto police.

Myles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingly, the other two officers involved in a serving a search warrant on the night that Taylor was killed, did not receive any charges.

The city of Louisville was placed under a state of emergency on September 22, when city officials shutdown a significant portion of the city perimeter to traffic. The majority of administrative building and other businesses were boarded up prior to the decision. Louisville has been rocked by riots related to Taylor’s death in March. These riots have been occurring for over 100 days and have resulted in a number of deaths and heated confrontations with law enforcement.

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Starting on the night of September 23, there will be a 72-hour curfew in Louisville. The curfew will not apply to people partaking in essential travel, which includes work-related purposes or medical attention. Kentucky National Guard members will be deployed to the city for the purpose of maintaining public order.

Given the indictment doesn’t match the BLM demands of murder charges for all officers involved, such precautionary measures are necessary to quell potential unrest coming from the Left. Since May, radical leftists have taken advantage of controversial police actions to tear up property and cause mayhem across the country. An incident like Taylor’s death is most assuredly being politicized by the Left and will likely fuel further disturbances across the nation.

Conservatives and nationalists should make it a point to promote healthy debate, while establishing a baseline of public security, to ensure that the country does not spiral further out of control in such times of instability.

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