If you love TikTok, check your political standpoint, as the Chinese viral app may not like it if you hold conservative views. 

According to a recent report by the Media Research Center, China’s viral TikTok app has been excluding users based on their political stance, particularly those standing on the other side of TikTok’s leftist apparatus.

Researcher Gabriela Pariseau finds, “The Chinese Communist Party-tied TikTok is muzzling conservatives and free thinkers by shutting down their accounts, typically with no explanation.”

By analyzing a tracked bans database, the study identified at least 11 pro-free speech organizations and their members who had their TikTok accounts banned since January 2019. 

The Blaze Media podcaster Steven Crowder, The Atlas Society, and Young Americans for Liberty were all blocked after condemning communism or supporting the Second Amendment. 

According to Pariseau, “TikTok banned 11 of a total of 14 (79%) censored organizations mentioned in this report. It banned five of those 11 organizations more than once.”

The report finds that TikTok would simply inform the accounts that they have been banned “due to multiple violations of our Community Guidelines.”

TikTok, a global favorite social media platform, has only recently become troublesome to world regulators over its handling of user data and national security implications. James Paterson, a senior politician from Australia, has recently proposed a complete ban of the app from the country.

Paterson tells The Oz in an interview, “A ban should be on the table… we don’t want to wake up in a conflict scenario and think we need to protect our cyber security.”

It is developed by Chinese tech giant ByteDance, which FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr says is “[beholden] to the Communist Party of China and required by Chinese law to comply with the PRC’s surveillance demands.”
A Forbes examination of LinkedIn profiles last month has determined about 300 people from China’s propaganda system are current employees of both TikTok and ByteDance.

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