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TikTok Gives Americans a Taste of Communism

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The popular video app TikTok is facing increased scrutiny due to its connections with the Chinese government.

The Washington Post reported on the app’s rise, which “was largely shaped by its Beijing-based parent company, which imposed strict rules on what could appear on the app in keeping with China’s restrictive view of acceptable speech.”

Complying with those roles often created conflict within the organization, according to accounts from U.S. employees.

The Post highlighted this:

American workers, accustomed to unrestrained expression online, bristled at commands to restrict videos that Beijing-based teams had deemed subversive or controversial, including heavy kissing, heated debates and the kinds of political discussions seen widely across the Web.

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TikTok claims that its American operations don’t clamp down on political content or “take instructions from its parent company, the Chinese tech giant ByteDance.”

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However, former U.S. employees said moderators in Beijing had the final say on which videos were approved. Former employees claimed that their attempts to convince Chinese teams to not block or penalize certain videos were repeatedly ignored. This was done out of fear of the Chinese government cracking down on the company and its staff.

Certain lawmakers like Missouri Senator Josh Hawley took TikTok to task for its connections to China and its unwillingness to answer major questions on Capitol Hill after the company refused to testify during a congressional hearing on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

“TikTok claims they don’t take direction from China. They claim they don’t censor. . . But that’s not what former employees of TikTok say,” said Hawley, referencing The Post’s report.

BLP previously reported on speculation of TikTok’s connections to the Chinese Communist Party and how it potentially poses a threat to Americans’ privacy rights.

While China discarded some of its most destructive economic policies in the 1980s, it still remains authoritarian politically. Even its economic growth has allowed politically-connected companies to project both economic and political power abroad.

In the near future, China and its corporate surrogates will likely pose major threats to U.S. interests and the basic civil liberties of millions of Americans who do business with these companies or use their technology.

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Greg Abbott Signs Executive Order Keeping Violent Criminals from Going Back on the Streets During the Wuhan Crisis

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After the Wuhan Virus was confirmed in several Texas jails in the last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on March 29, 2020 that makes it more difficult for several inmates to be let out on “no-cost, personal recognizance bonds.”

Abbott tweeted, “Today I issued an Executive Order preventing [email protected] of dangerous criminals from prisons & jails. We want to prevent the spread of #COVID19 among prison staff & inmates. But, releasing dangerous criminals in the streets is not the solution. #txlege #coronavirus

Several cases of the Wuhan Virus were discovered in the Dallas County Jail and Harris County Jail last week, two of the state’s largest jails. In addition, a handful of cases were confirmed in state prisons. According to NBC DFW, the virus’ outbreak was “followed by demands to reduce the inmate populations by releasing, immediately and without bond or judicial delay, those held on misdemeanor crimes or awaiting trial on misdemeanor crimes. Some also called for non-violent felons to also be released on no-cost bonds.”

Abbott said Sunday that “releasing dangerous criminals makes the state even less safe” and issued a proclamation to prevent judges, and others, from releasing some inmates without a paid, cash bond.

In his executive order, Abbott declared that a person convicted of a crime that involved or threatened physical violence, or a person arrested for such a crime backed by probable cause, or a person with a criminal history of violent crime, cannot get out of jail on a no-cost personal recognizance bond.

With a PR bond, a defendant is released without having to post any money for his or her bond on the promise they’ll show up to their next court date.

Instead of virtue signaling and buying into the criminal justice reform movement’s desire to foment anarcho-tyranny, Abbott has held his ground by promoting public order.

A crisis like the Wuhan Virus pandemic does not need to be exacerbated by opening up the prison floodgates.

This is one case where American policymakers should use logic not emotion to craft prison policies in times of a pandemic.

Failure to do so will put the U.S. on the road to institutional failure.

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