‘TikTok Is Spying’: Trump’s Campaign Is Running Ads on Facebook Against TikTok
According to USA Today, President Trump’s presidential campaign pages “are running ads on Facebook and Instagram against TikTok weeks after people used the music video app to undermine one of Trump’s campaign rallies.”
The advertisements “warn that ‘TikTok is spying on you,’ hinting toward long-held theories about the ByteDance-owned app sharing user data with the Chinese government. The ads say that Americans deserve privacy and ask people whether they believe the President should block TikTok in America,” USA Today wrote.
“The series of ads have a link that sends viewers to a survey asking for their personal contact information,” the report continued. “‘TikTok has been caught red handed by monitoring what is on your phone’s clipboard,’ the ads said. ‘Do you think we should ban TikTok? Sign the petition NOW!’ The ads first appeared on newsfeeds on Friday,” according to USA Today.
TikTok previously said that it does not send any user-collected data to China, telling media outlets that it plans to move out of Hong Kong. “The latest news comes just weeks after TikTok users made a concerted effort to disrupt President Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. People using the app urged followers to register for tickets to Trump’s campaign rally and not show up,” the report said.
Government officials “recently said the administration is ‘looking at’ banning TikTok in the U.S. The Navy banned the app on government-issued smartphones in 2019,” USA Today reported.
TikTok continues to face increasing scrutiny over concerns about privacy and handling of user data. Facebook recently announced plans to release “a carbon copy of the app called Reels in just a few weeks,” the report concluded.