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If you think TikTok abuses your privacy, check out Meta

Apr 13, 2023


When TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew testified before Congress in March, he claimed the platform — owned by Chinese technology company ByteDance — doesn’t share user data with the Chinese government. Lawmakers weren’t buying it and neither have dozens of countries around the world. Congress, the U.S. military and more than half of U.S. states have banned the app from their digital devices.

But there’s another company whose privacy invasions may be just as egregious as TikTok, and it’s in our own backyard. As Straight Arrow News contributor Peter Zeihan explains, Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta is bundling our data and selling it to scammers.

Excerpted from Peter’s April 12 “Zeihan on Geopolitics” newsletter:

The CCP is always watching…and no, I’m not talking about spy balloons today. Under the law in China, any company must cooperate with the government. So if you’ve got TikTok on your phone, you may want to watch your back.

However, there is an even scarier company out there, and it’s called META. Both companies collect the same data, but Zuckerberg takes this a step further. Your data is bundled, segmented, and sold to scammers as “Likely to fall for XYZ scam.”

The potential restrictions on TikTok are only the beginning of what I see as a necessary move toward protecting our personal information and data.

Hi Peter Zeihan here coming to you from Crown Point overlooked in New Zealand, just outside of Queenstown at the news that I’ve been following ovulate has to do with tick tock and everyone talking about how it is government spy program, and it needs to be banned.
For those of you and what pretty for a while, you know, I’m a relatively laissez faire kind of guy for most things. But there are exceptions does absolutely one under wall in China, any company information company, not an internet company, not a social media company, any company has to cooperate with our intelligence services for any reason at any time in whatever way the Chinese government requires. So technically, every Chinese company has a security risk, much less one that you put on your phone. And with the technology as it currently exists with Tiktok. Even if you have the app closed, it’s recording everything you do bank account information, your cell phone calls everything. And what happens is the Chinese government, if they have an interest in EU, they will go into Tiktok and say I went from a shop to this person in this area, these keywords, that sort of thing, they have to make a very specific request to go into the data and pull it in Tic Tac is legally required to cooperate and handover all the information. So from a security point of view, absolutely. Tic Tac is a threat. But there is a company out there that is at least an order of magnitude worse than tic tock and it is called Facebook. Because they collect data in exactly the same way. It’s just as invasive. But unlike tic tac where the Chinese government has to then come and choose to go after you. Facebook does the work for them. And they take all of their data from their billion plus users, and they break them up into chunks of 10,000. Based on what sort of fraud they think Facebook thinks you will fall for a religious scam, an anti Vaxxer scam, a give money to the elderly scam, a Save the Children scam, whatever it happens to be. And then they take these packets of 10,000. And they go to a place in Germany, they go to a place in Vegas every year where the scammers get together for literal conventions, and they market your data.
They market your data to these entities. And of course the Chinese government shows up for that so does the Russian government. So the only way to be safe from these two apps is not simply to delete it off of your phone, but then to go through and do a full system reboot and purge because even if you have signed out of Tik Tok or Facebook, it is still collecting the data. You actually have to delete the entire thing after signing out. It’s the only way to get it right so the restrictions on tick tock I think they’re a great idea and I think they’re only the beginning of what we need to do to get our social media space back. All right. That’s both full of crap weather. Just turn. We gotta go you guys take care

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