Silicon Valley’s offensive to kick Chinese TikTok out of the US

Number one in downloads in the United States and Europe since 2021, TikTok is on its way to dethroning Silicon Valley social networks. Avishek Das / SOPA Images/Sipa USA via Reuters Connect

DECRYPTION – Critics of the app resonate in Washington, two years after Trump threatened a forced sale.

What if TikTok was Beijing’s fake nose? What if the app captured data from Americans on behalf of China? What if its powerful content recommendation algorithm allowed the Chinese Communist Party to manipulate American youth? Two years after Donald Trump’s failed attempt to force the Chinese ByteDance to sell TikTok, the hostile narrative towards the very popular video service is back in force in the United States.

“Imagine that we are in the midst of the Cold War and the Soviet Union is in a position to influence the television programs of the Western bloc. This is the situation we are in.”says in his podcast Tristan Harris, founder of the NGO Center for Humane Technology. “Are we comfortable with the idea that a foreign organization can control what our children see? TikTok should be banned, period.claimed in mid-September on the HBO channel marketing professor Scott Galloway, a verbose industry commentator…

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