Listen: Is TikTok Really a National Security Threat?
"Washington Post Technology reporter. Drew are well is spending a lot of his time these days working on stories about tick tock a massively popular APP that's experiencing the kind of growth right now. That facebook and instagram did back in their heydays so drew. Are you on tick Tock. Do you have account I do. I'm not what I'm not a creator. I'm just a weird lurker. My editor is also kind of obsessed with. Uh you haven't posted any videos. No I haven't posted anything. I feel a lot of pressure because everything that goes on. There is really funny and smart and clever. And I'm none of those things. My favorite tedtalk doc. Video that I've seen so far is a bunch of quick shots of a guy throwing slices of cheese at the windows of cars sitting next to him at stop lights and each time a cheese slice sticks to a window. Now the music is sinked. So that a huge drops it tip narcotic year when I look at it. It's it's there's always music everything and there's a lot of pranks a lot of sort of a quick one liners funny visual stuff. And it's all young people. That is the core user the team the very young person under twenty five yeah. It's almost entirely young people. That's changing a little bit but like the highschoolers who would never dream of going on facebook. They're all talk and it is sort of the capital of of the comedy today so far. This sounds like you're pretty standard. Social Media Story Qian's flock to some new APP where they post rocky ocoee videos adult scramble to figure out why this is the hot new APP meanwhile celebrities and brands scramble to figure out how to use the APP to connect with the teens and market. Things do them. Doc Will Smith Reese Witherspoon the NFL these entities all have a presence on Tick Tock. But here's where it gets weird last month Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer and Republican Senator. Tom Cotton sent a joint letter to the director of National Intelligence. They asked about security risks. Around Tick Tock and wondered Tick Tock is quote potential counter intelligence threat. We cannot ignore. It seems crazy right. And that's the thing. Washington is just starting to explore. When you look at Tick Tock? It's really easy to see the sort of fun videos. But it's also this incredibly instrumental communication platform for kids and young. The people the government has had its issues with facebook and instagram and twitter and snapchat and some of those issues of touched very directly on politics elections and national all security but those social media companies are all American in Tik Tok is not its parent. Company is Chinese which has got lawmakers asking a lot of questions questions lately. Thank you all for being here. Thank earlier this month. Republican Senator Josh Hawley convened a hearing about tech companies with ties to China. I'd also like like to highlight two empty chairs today which I say for two invited witnesses. Who apparently don't share your commitment to discussing this issues wants shares for tick tock he drew on some of the reporting that drew has done for the post and Holley said this about tick tock accompany compromised by the Chinese Communist Party? Already knows where your children are knows what they look like with their voices. Sound like what they're watching and what they share with each other Holly makes this sound pretty scary. What happens when the big social media platform the one? Everybody's on based in China. Does it raise different concerns about security or data privacy or censorship or propaganda or is this just fear mongering about a geopolitical"