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October 23, 2022

BREAKING: Here's How China Is Tracking Americans' Locations - Might Be You...

China has been caught making efforts to track the location of specific Americans.

"TikTok’s Chinese parent ByteDance planned to use the social media app to monitor the physical location of specific American citizens," reported Breitbart.

"A team within ByteDance’s 'Internal Audit and Risk Control department' reportedly conducts investigations into possible 'misconduct' by current and former employees, but in at least two cases, the team had planned on gathering TikTok data about the location of a U.S. citizen who had never worked at the company," reported Breitbart.

China Spying On Americans

"The department is led by Beijing-based executive Song Ye, who reports to ByteDance cofounder and CEO Rubo Liang," according to Breitbart.

"While it remains unclear whether the Beijing-based company was able to collect personal data about these Americans, it is nonetheless clear that the plan was to use location information to surveil individual American citizens, not to send them targeted ads," Breitbart reports.

"TikTok, which many consider 'a data collection service that is thinly veiled as a social network,' has roughly 1 billion users and is banned in China (in favor of the heavily-censored 'Douyin,' also owned by ByteDance)," reported Breitbart.

"The Chinese app has been under scrutiny by U.S. officials since 2019, when the Trump administration’s Committee on Foreign Investment began reviewing a merger between ByteDance and Musical.ly," according to reports from Breitbart.

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