Big tech is helping China to achieve its goal of total world dominance, says Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn).
“China and big tech, they have a cozy relationship (…) And they have been allowing the Chinese Communist Party to spew all of their information. I can’t find anywhere they’ve been censored or blocked or banned (…) Big tech is aiding and abetting the Chinese Communist Party in their push for global dominance, and we are going to have to stand against it,” she said in a statement, at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in February, reports Breitbart.
And her words have substance: there is a long list of evidence that Big Tech is working with the Chinese regime to impose a New World Order.
Facebook’s own CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, stated some time ago that Facebook acts more “like a government than a company.”
Zuckerberg once hoped Facebook could find a way to operate its social network in communist China.
He even made a high-profile visit to the country in 2016, promising to learn Mandarin.
The social network’s product managers have also made “knowledge-sharing” trips to the Asian giant, exchanging expertise in app features and advertising tools with counterparts from Tencent and Alibaba.
The company’s China dreams were eventually dashed by the communist regime’s Internet policies.
However, in recent years, Facebook has been developing better ad-buying tools for Chinese customers.
Facebook sells more than $5 billion a year in ad space to Chinese companies and government agencies looking to promote their messages abroad.
And today China is Facebook’s biggest revenue earner after the United States.
The link between the tech giant and Beijing is such that Facebook created a new engineering team in Singapore to focus on its lucrative advertising business in China.
What’s more, Facebook planned to set up a subsidiary company directly in the Chinese city of Hangzhou.
This ad Facebook wrote in Chinese on the local social network WeChat in November 2019:
“Facebook pledges to become the best marketing platform for Chinese companies traveling abroad.”
And it did deliver on its promise.
Bytedance, the parent company of social media sensation China’s TikTok, used Facebook’s advertising tools to expand overseas.
In late 2018, the company increased app install ads on Facebook’s ad network and became Zuckerberg’s biggest Chinese client.
In 2020, Donald Trump’s administration banned downloading Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat in the U.S. for threatening national security and handing over user data to Chinese Communist Party hierarchs.
But it seems Zuckerberg cares little and nothing, it seems, about the security and privacy of its users.
In 2018, Facebook confirmed that it shared data with at least four Chinese companies.
One of the companies was Huawei, which was directly pointed out by U.S. intelligence, which went so far as to advise against purchasing its products to citizens for fear of potential espionage practices and information theft.
Actually, the links between Zuckerberg and Huawei are not so surprising, considering that Facebook has even allowed Beijing to use the social network to spread its propaganda.
A publication by the British magazine Press Gazette points out that Facebook has reportedly allowed Chinese regime state media such as China Daily and CGTN to pay for ads on the platform to downplay the violation of Uighur human rights in the Xinjiang region:
“In one case, by paying Facebook less than $400, China Daily was able to target more than one million users with a video that rubbishes [trashes] independent press reports from Xinjiang.”
Another publication sponsored by China Daily released a video touting a purported report about Uighur camps in Xinjiang, claiming that it was “completely false” and indicating that it was a “manual of Western media tricks.”
Meanwhile, the social network analysis solutions company Graphika, exposed that over the course of the last two years, an anonymous Chinese network called “Spamouflage” was managing to influence and have a wide reach within social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube with the aim of defaming the United States.
While Graphika researchers noted that the social networks that helped spread the disinformation managed to eliminate swaths of “Spamouflafe” assets, the network still continued to evolve to reach high-level influencers in Latin America, Pakistan, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong.
But obviously Facebook is not alone. Companies such as Apple and Google have also bowed to the Chinese regime by making concessions in order to operate in the country.
Google has opened R&D labs in China to be able to operate there, and others like Apple are having to censor content and applications in their App Store to be able to continue selling their cell phones.
Other companies such as Microsoft have also been accused of censoring content to please the government of the Asian country.
Not to mention Twitter…
Its CEO Jack Dorsey did not hesitate to directly delete user U.S. President Donald Trump for demanding free and transparent elections.
However, he has said nothing about accounts linked to the Chinese regime that have spread all kinds of false information regarding the origins of COVID-19.
When Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian posted a Photoshopped graphic of an Australian soldier holding a knife to the neck of a small child as part of an ongoing conflict between Australia and China, the issue was trending on Twitter news and even got a prominent place in its news section.
Recall that Twitter opened an office in Hong Kong in March 2015 in an attempt to compete with the rest of the social networks for China’s advertising dollars.
This tweeted in 2015 general manager for China Kathy Chen, a software engineer who previously worked for the People’s Liberation Army:
“Twitter is the best way to give live updates of your products & services, and share Chinese content in real-time, with a global audience.”
It is time for Western citizens to demand that these large tech corporations abide by the law and freedom of speech while condemning the human rights violations of authoritarian regimes. Spurious business cannot prevail over universal values.