‘TikTok is China’s digital fentanyl’ and they’re showing a ‘very different’ version in China than in the US

On Friday’s “America’s Newsroom” on Fox News Channel, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said “TikTok is China’s digital fentanyl” and banning it “is a baseline IQ test for administration”. And China is showing a “very, very different” version of the app in China than in the US

Carr said, “Ultimately, TikTok is China’s digital fentanyl. Many people look at TikTok and think it’s just a fun app to share dance videos or other funny videos. But that’s just sheep’s clothing. Underneath, it functions as a very sophisticated monitoring application. It’s not the videos, but it pulls everything from search and browsing history, potentially keystroke patterns, biometrics including facial and voice prints.

Co-host Dana Perino then asked, “China only allows people to be on TikTok for 40 minutes a day. Thus, I recently read in The Washington Post that some people, mostly young girls, women and teenagers, are on the TikTok app for more than eight hours a day. And I’m just wondering, how then, do you ban it, if – as my friend says – the world is run by teenage girls?

Carr replied, “Look, this is – in your opinion, the app, the version of it that’s shown in China is very, very different from the one here. And here they do things like display the blackout challenge, specifically to a 10-year-old girl, it was alleged in a court case, and that girl ended up choking herself to death. So we see very different content. …And my opinion is, given the lack of trust we currently have in TikTok, that this is a basic IQ test for the administration.

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