2019.11.27 Detention Camps

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A 17-year-olds (Feroza Aziz) TikTok account was temporarily suspended after she talked about Chinese detention camps during a makeup tutorial on the video app. TikTok claims it not because she criticized China (and that "[TikTok] does not moderate content due to political sensitivities"), but rather because of a previous video she had posted, on a previous account, which referenced late terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. (It was her phone that was blocked because of that, not the account). It appears that TikTok was in the right, but people are highly leery of trusting Chinese controlled social media.

TikTok is a Chinese-owned (ByteDance) version of VideoTwitter -- where you can upload short videos (3-60 looping videos). Since the App is highly popular, and created with Chinese Government sponsorship and regulatory rules, it has been called a "national security threat to the West", especially amongst armed services personnel because it can convey location, image and biometric data to its Chinese parent company, which is legally unable to refuse to share that data to the Chinese government.



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