“Officials in the Chinese embassy did not respond to requests for comment.” A very important story. https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/09/15/tiktoks-beijing-roots-fuel-censorship-suspicion-it-builds-huge-us-audience/ …
Deeper than the murky, off-shore algorithms bubbling to the surface during this movement are more important questions about influence, bias, & power. Could ByteDance have done anything different here? How do we define the walls of the acceptable and fear?
We create distinction between 'hearts & minds' and disinformation. But how do we describe an environment of ephemeral access, where global corporations silence — bowing to catalyzed cancel culture, and the regulators. This is a story bigger than ByteDance.
When the largest company in the world is within reach, protected within the fortress of a free system, is anyone not reachable? Everything they stand for — abruptly silenced, buried, drowned. Remember Apple's war with the FBI? You won't remember this:
The brilliance is in the system, & the fear it creates, not in the evils of a corporation surviving within it. We face far more questions about influence & propaganda than we can see through the window of disinformation, of weaponization. We weren't ready in 2016. We still aren't
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