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Did the Chinese Communist Party use TikTok to target US politicians during the 2020 midterms?

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According to a report by Forbes, the Chinese Communist Party is controlling several accounts on TikTok, that specifically targeted American politicians who lean politically to the right during the recent 2022 midterms.

Breitbart provides more details:

The TikTok accounts are being run by MediaLinks TV, a registered foreign agent of the primary Chinese Communist Party television news outlet, China Central Television, according to a report by Forbes.

Many of the videos on the China-owned app attacked specific U.S. politicians ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. The largest of these propaganda accounts are @Pandaorama, @The…Optimist, and @NewsTokss.

Before the U.S. midterm elections, @NewsTokss reportedly attacked Republican candidates and favored Democrat candidates.

READ: Election Interference: TikTok Accounts Operated by Chinese Communist Party Push Divisive Videos About U.S. Politicians

Of course, there have been growing security concerns about TikTok, which is owned by ByteDance, a corporation headquartered in China. READ: South Dakota governor bans TikTok for state agencies, warning of security threat

In mid-November, FBI chief, Christopher Wray, warned the US Congress about growing security concerns about TikTok.

The New York Post explains:

FBI Director Christopher Wray warned lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Tuesday that allowing TikTok to continue operating in the United States could pose a threat to national security.

“We do have national security concerns, obviously from the FBI’s end, about TikTok,” Wray said during his testimony to Congress on Tuesday.

“They include the possibility that the Chinese government could use it to control data collection on millions of users, or control the recommendation algorithm which could be used for influence operations if they so choose, or to control software on millions of devices.”

READ: FBI chief Christopher Wray says TikTok is a ‘national security concern’

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