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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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White Pill: Montana House Moves Constitutional Carry Bill Forward

Constitutional Carry is one ray of hope for the Right.

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On January 20, 2021, the Montana House of Representatives passed Constitutional Carry legislation, HB102.

Dean Weingarten of Ammoland.com reported that the bill passed by a 66 to 31 margin.

Weingarten provided some context to the significance of this bill’s progress:

The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.

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Montana’s Senate is made up of 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats and Governor Greg Gianforte is a Republican, so the passage of this bill augurs well.  If passed, HB102 would make Montana the 17th Constitutional Carry state.

Montana is already a very gun-friendly state, and represents a low-hanging fruit for Second Amendment activists to tap into.

Constitutional Carry has been one of the most successful movements on the Right over the past twenty years. It’s easy to complain about the corrupt status quo, but there are still plenty of ways right-wingers can score victories. Constitutional Carry is one of them.

It would behoove the Right to analyze existing trends and build off movements that are already producing results. There’s no need to embark on quixotic campaigns that end up being total fools’ errands. Find what’s already working and run with it.

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