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BEYOND TIKTOK: China Social Platform Preparing Photo Sharing App, More Privacy Concerns.

As Momentum Picks Up for an All-Out Ban, Another Problem Presents Itself.

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According to a Breitbart News report, social media video-sharing platform TikTok is currently preparing to launch a photo-sharing app called TikTok Notes as a competitor to Meta’s Instagram. This news comes hot on the heels of lawmakers pushing to ban TikTok outright over privacy concerns and national security threats posed by the Chinese-owned app.

In a statement to TechCrunch, TikTok said it is “exploring ways to empower our community to create and share their creativity with photos and text in a dedicated space for those formats.” T

The company did not provide a specific timeline for the app’s release.

TikTok parent company ByteDance is currently trying to endure an all-out blitz by lawmakers on the Hill to ban TikTok over its ties to the CCP.

Back in November of 2022, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned lawmakers on the Hill about the dangers of Chinese-owned social media platform TikTok.

“We do have national security concerns, obviously from the FBI’s end, about TikTok,” he told the House Homeland Security Committee in a hearing at the time. “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.”

“I guess my point is that just to tie it all up, [TikTok] is a substantial national security threat for the country of a kind that we didn’t face in the past,” he added.

Last month, the House Oversight Committee launched a probe into China’s ongoing efforts to infiltrate and influence the United States.

“Without firing a single bullet, the Chinese Communist Party is waging war against the U.S. by targeting, influencing, and infiltrating every economic sector and community in America,” said Chairman James Comer. “We know that this coordinated influence and infiltration campaign by the CCP threatens U.S. military readiness, the technology sector, financial markets, agriculture industry, education systems, and intellectual property. The lives and security of all Americans are affected. The Oversight Committee has a responsibility to ensure the federal government is taking every action necessary to protect Americans from the CCP’s ongoing political warfare. Actions taken by the Committee today are just the beginning and I look forward to full cooperation from agencies as we work to thwart China’s efforts to influence and infiltrate the United States of America.”

Add TikTok Notes to the list of China’s weapons to infiltrate the U.S.