But Hunter Biden wasn't alone this year as this Verge headline reminds us:
According to TikTok, the Trump administration forgot to ban it and wants to know what's going on
It all started in August when crybaby Donald Trump tried to ban the social media network, apparently because 1] it has Chinese company parents and 2] K-pop fans used the network to organize registrations for Trump's Tulsa rally – the ones he and her then campaign manager Brad Parscale claimed 1 million people would attend. In the end, barely 6,000 turned up.
Well, there are many real reasons to question the way Chinese companies do business on US soil. China severely restricts or blocks social networks in the US like Facebook and Twitter as well as Google, Wikipedia, YouTube, WhatsApp and pretty much everyone else. Access to our market is asymmetrical compared to access to China. So there could be reasons for restricting TikTok as a retaliation tactic.
But. Yes, Trump was not about that. He was angry that the network was being used to organize against him. And since it was populated by young users, it didn't have the conservative presence that was maintained on Twitter or Facebook. And finally, Trump decided that the best way to respond to criticism of COVID-19 was to simply blame China. So the attack on TikTok was a great way to build up his anger on China for … something. For exposing his own loveless incompetence?
In any case, after Trump announced his ban, TikTok filed a lawsuit and won a number of judicial suspensions of execution. But Trump insisted and eventually got the company to agree to transfer certain assets to Trump-backed Oracle Corp. for sale. Why? National security.
Executive Order to Combat the TikTok Threat[…] TikTok automatically collects large amounts of information from its users, including internet and other network activity information such as location data, as well as browsing and search history. This data collection threatens to give the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans' personal and proprietary information. China may be able to track the locations of federal employees and contractors, create dossiers of personal information for extortion, and engage in corporate espionage […]
The United States must take aggressive action against the owners of TikTok to protect our national security.
Impressive. Sounds terrible! Our nation's own security is at risk!
But that was then when there was an election to try to win. Today? The Chinese government blocked this Oracle deal, and how did the Trump administration react? Grilling. They just … forgot.
"For a year now, TikTok has been working in good faith with CFIUS to address its national security concerns, even if we disagree with its assessment," said TikTok in a statement The edge. "In the nearly two months since the President tentatively approved our proposal to address these concerns, we have offered detailed solutions to finalize this agreement. However, we have not received substantive feedback on our comprehensive privacy and security framework."
So all this crap about national security? Never mind. Trump has lost interest. It's almost like it was never about national security? Strange that.