Beamer wrote on Mar 30, 2023, 16:13:
FloodAnxiety wrote on Mar 30, 2023, 13:45:
China's involvement in TikTok is massively overhyped due to typical political fearmongering.
Are you sure about that?
I've spent a lot of time with TikTok. I've been to their headquarters, I've been out to dinners with their leadership, I was just with them earlier this week, etc., and I'm not convinced at all that it's massively overhyped.
At the very least, there's an algorithm serving news and information to Americans under 24 without us knowing what or how. The average American under 24 spends somewhere between 75 and 95 minutes a day on TikTok - more than they spend watching TV. Would you have been ok with China buying ABC, or CNN, or the NYT, and now controlling the news, except without anyone seeing what they're broadcasting and being able to offer a counter to it?
"offer a counter to it". You seem to think in terms of controlling people, rather than people controlling what they consume with the choices they make. I do not choose to watch Fox News, because it is blatantly corrupt.
Like I said before, it is real simple, if this isn't about fearmongering, then they can point to facts and pass laws that will apply to all media companies equally. Fearmongering in order to pass a law to give a branch of the government near unfettered control is the path to authoritarianism. You sir, may have fallen into an echo chamber of fear if you are on the side of banning a company for no reason other than FUD.