In July 2020, former President Trump announced that he was going to try and shut down the social media app TikTok because it was invasive and the company that owned it (ByteDance) was in bed with the CCP.
An investigation in January 2019 found that the app collected an abnormal amount of data including user location, images, and biometrics. All of that data was being collected by the CCP and the threat was so severe the DNC warned staff to take additional security measures when using the app.
After Trump announced his plans Democrats claimed it violated the 1st Amendment and the ACLU mobilized. Eventually, the CCP-backed firm divested and Microsoft assumed day-to-day operations. Democrats said that the deal with Microsoft would keep Americans safe because the data collected by the app would be stored in the USA far away from the CCP.
As with most claims from the Democrats, they were dead wrong.
Leaked audio given to Buzzfeed has revealed that the CCP has accessed TikTok user data at will and US engineers are clueless on how to stop them.
For years, TikTok has responded to data privacy concerns by promising that information gathered about users in the United States is stored in the United States, rather than China, where ByteDance, the video platform’s parent company, is located. But according to leaked audio from more than 80 internal TikTok meetings, China-based employees of ByteDance have repeatedly accessed nonpublic data about US TikTok users — exactly the type of behavior that inspired former president Donald Trump to threaten to ban the app in the United States.
According to Buzzfeed, the leaked audio of internal meetings shows that Microsoft is struggling to understand how the software works and are clueless on how to stop the CCP:
Additionally, four of the recordings contain conversations in which employees responsible for certain internal tools could not figure out what parts of those tools did. In a November 2021 meeting, a data scientist explained that for many tools, “nobody has really documented, uh, like, a how-to. And there are items within the tools that nobody knows what they’re for.”
Once again, President Trump was right all along.