According to its CEO, the Chinese spyware app TikTok has 150 million ACTIVE users in the US, nearly half of the population.
From Tech Crunch:
Ahead of his testimony before Congress on Thursday, TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew announced in a TikTok video that the video app now has more than 150 million users in the US — up from 100 million in 2020. He also mentioned that TikTok hosts to more than 5 million businesses in the country.
Amid talks of banning the ByteDance-owned app over national security concerns as tensions between the U.S. and China continue to rise, Chew touted these numbers to demonstrate how the app is an important part of U.S. culture.
China has embedded itself in US culture SO deeply through the viral video app that US legislators have made it an imperative to ban it.
Shou Zi Chew asked users to defend the app, meanwhile, telling them to let their elected representatives know that they love TikTok and don't want to get rid of it.
"I'll be testifying before Congress later this week to share all that we're doing to protect Americans using the app," Chew said.
Do you think people are so addicted to TikTok that they would take to the streets to protect a foreign spy app?
Maybe I don't want to know the answer to that.
TikTok is spending $1.5 BILLION in a PR campaign to help bolster its image, as well as adding more terms of service to appease those in the middle.
Apart from this, TikTok announced an overhaul of its community guidelines today with new policies around the use of AI in content and climate misinformation. The new rules state that accounts must clearly disclose the use of AI in videos.
Playing to the climate to cover up their shenanigans.
Smart! They must have learned from the best.