In recent months, Twitter has gained esteem from the fake news media and left-wing hacks for its ban on political advertising by U.S. political candidates. This ban also applies to most political-based ads in the U.S. as well.
“Political reach should be earned and not bought,” said Vijaya Gadde, who works as Twitter’s head of legal and policy when they rolled out the policy last year.
“We very much believe that cause-based advertising has value and can help drive conversation around important topics,” said Del Harvey, who works as Twitter’s vice president of trust and safety, about the policy, claiming that Twitter is “really trying to ensure there isn’t an attempt to game our political content policy through cause-based advertising.”
While Twitter likes to purport as if they are balanced and non-partisan, this policy is actually designed to hurt President Donald Trump. Trump relies on social media to circumvent the controlled corporate media that has tried to destroy him since he erupted onto the political scene in 2015. Twitter’s ban on political advertising puts up a serious impediment for Trump to get his message out.
Twitter’s bias is particularly evident as they allow agents of the Chinese communist regime to purchase advertisements on their platform. Twitter has allowed Liu Xin, a propaganda agent for the ChiComs, to use their platform to promote her public profile.
Big League Politics captured a screenshot of Liu using Twitter’s platform to spread her communist propaganda:
Liu is a propaganda reader for the China Global Television Network (CGTN), which is a broadcasting entity owned by the Chinese government. The CGTN has been broadcasting subversive propaganda in the U.S. for years, and, at one point, boasted how they were broadcast into 30 million homes across America.
The Trump administration took action against CGTN and other propaganda arms of the Chinese government with a sanctions regime last month.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned at the time that outlets like CGTN are “clearly controlled by the [Chinese Communist Party], and we are simply recognizing that fact.” Under the White House’s new determination, those entities are now considered to be “foreign missions,” meaning they will be treated by the U.S. as arms of the Chinese government rather than legitimate media sources.
“We are determined to treat China as it is, not as what we want it to be. In China, all media works for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), as General Secretary Xi Jinping has explicitly stated,” Pompeo told Axios after the decision was made in February.
However, Twitter is giving special treatment to Chinese regime propaganda that they refuse to give to President Trump or any U.S. politician for that matter. This shows who Twitter really serves aside from their trite lip service.
ByteDance Agrees to Sell TikTok After President Trump’s Threat to Shut Down China-Based Social Media App
Microsoft will be acquiring TikTok.
The Chinese corporation ByteDance has agreed to sell social media platform TikTok to Microsoft after President Donald Trump threatened to shut down TikTok in the U.S.
Reuters reported on Saturday that ByteDance caved to Trump’s demands for the firm to divest in U.S. operations of TikTok entirely. TikTok has been accused of funneling the personal data of U.S. citizens to the Chinese communist government.
“We are here for the long run. Continue to share your voice here and let’s stand for TikTok,” TikTok U.S. general manager Vanessa Pappas said in a video released on Saturday.
Under the proposed deal, Microsoft will be in charge of TikTok’s U.S. user data. The rest of the U.S. operations for TikTok are expected to be taken over by another corporation.
President Trump had previously threatened to shut down TikTok in the U.S. this weekend if they refused to change their business model to ensure that the personal data of U.S. citizens cannot be exploited by the Chinese.
“As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump said to reporters on Friday, adding that he could do so with emergency economic powers or through an executive order.
Big League Politics has reported on how TikTok is being investigated by the federal government as a potential hazard to national security:
The U.S. government is beginning a national security review of the Chinese-owned TikTok viral video app.
Reuters reported on the beginning of the investigation on Friday. The U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is inquiring into TikTok’s parent company, Beijing ByteDance Technology Co.
Specifically, investigators are said to be probing the company’s 2017 $1 billion acquisition of another app, Musical.ly. That app was combined with TikTok in August of 2018.
Foreign companies that acquire American technology entities are subject to review by the Committee on Foreign Investment. TikTok’s parent was never reviewed for its acquistion of Musical.ly, and is thus being investigated after the fact for any potential discrepancies related to their business practices.
TikTok has skyrocketed in popularity, becoming one of the most popular social media apps since its initial release in 2016. It boasts more than 26 million annual users, 60% of whom are between 16-24 years old.
Much of the content uploaded on the platform is innocuous, allowing users to make easily edited videos and viral content.
Senators such as Josh Hawley and Marco Rubio have expressed concern that TikTok’s owners could be cooperating with the Chinese government to surveil Americans and implement political censorship.
The founder of Musical.ly, Alex Zhu, began to report directly to ByteDance’s Chinese CEO, Zhang Yiming. He had previously reported to a lower-ranking ByteDance subsidiary.
Hawley has called for TikTok executives to testify next week at a Senate hearing in regards to American consumer data ending up in the hands of Chinese companies. Chinese businesses are required by law to cooperate with the nation’s intelligence agencies.
President Trump has demonstrated that his tough talk can result in action that will protect U.S. citizens from being sold out to Chinese communists.
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