TikTok’s average monthly active users increased by 234% in the second quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2019, while YouTube’s grew by only 29%, according to data from app metrics platform Sensor Tower.
On November 21, 2022, Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), a longtime critic of the China-owned video app, described the platform as a “massive collector of information” on U.S. youth.
“Accounts belonging to the Chinese Communist Party with millions of followers on China-owned TikTok pushed videos meant to undermine specific U.S. politicians during the recent 2022 midterm elections.
“MediaLinks TV, a registered foreign agent of state-run China Central Television, are behind propaganda accounts such as @Pandaorama, @The…Optimist and @NewsTokss, reported Forbes.
“Many of the videos on the China-owned app attacked specific U.S. politicians ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. The largest of these propaganda accounts are @Pandaorama, @The…Optimist, and @NewsTokss.”
Targets: Republicans Cruz, Abbott, and Rubio
WND, by Art Moore
December 4, 2022
Why Cruz, Abbott, and Rubio? They are pro-democracy and anti-communist.
Cruz has joked, “I'm Cuban, Irish, and Italian, and yet somehow I ended up Southern Baptist.” Two children. Cruz graduated Harvard Law School.
Abbott, a wheelchair-bound Catholic, married Cecilia Phalen, a former school teacher and principal and the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants, in San Antonio in 1981. One adopted daughter. Abbott graduated Vanderbilt Law School.
Rubio is Catholic. His parents immigrated to the United States in 1956 during the regime of Fulgencio Batista, two and a half years before Fidel Castro grabbed power. Four children. Rubio graduated University of Miami School of Law.