I said as soon as this TikTok “forced sale” lunacy was announced that China should refuse and just allow the company to be kicked out of America.
This whole thing really demonstrates that all of this “free market” bullshit the US preaches is just absolute bullshit, and they only pretend to care about free markets so they can transfer wealth to the elite through collusion between private companies and the government.
It is 100% clear that the government wants to get rid of TikTok because it is a competitor to American social media companies that are effectively private spy contractors for the US government. The US government benefits tremendously from a total consolidation of power in the hands of these few companies. It is the basis for the entire system.
Forcing TikTok to sell itself to an American company is part of the exact same program as shutting down small businesses and forcing the transfer of their wealth to Amazon and other mega-corporations.
The realization of just what a hoax the “free market” lies are would become much clearer if TikTok is just banned from the country for being owned by people with slanted eyes.
Beijing opposes a forced sale of TikTok’s U.S. operations by its Chinese owner ByteDance, and would prefer to see the short video app shut down in the United States, three people with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday.
ByteDance has been in talks to sell TikTok’s U.S. business to potential buyers including Microsoft and Oracle since U.S. President Donald Trump threatened last month to ban the service if it was not sold.
Trump has given ByteDance a deadline of mid September to finalise a deal.
However, Chinese officials believe a forced sale would make both ByteDance and China appear weak in the face of pressure from Washington, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the situation.
ByteDance said in a statement to Reuters that the Chinese government had never suggested to it that it should shut down TikTok in the United States or in any other markets.
Two of the sources said China was willing to use revisions it made to a technology exports list on Aug. 28 to delay any deal reached by ByteDance, if it had to.
China’s State Council Information Office and its foreign and commerce ministries did not immediately respond to requests for comment sent after working hours.
Asked on Friday about Trump and TikTok, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a regular press briefing that the United States was abusing the concept of national security, and urged it to stop oppressing foreign companies.
Moreover, China would gain goodwill with young people if young people lost their favorite app as a result of the belligerent, anti-freedom actions of the US government.
The Chinese are clearly victims here, and if the company is sold and services continue uninterrupted, there is no message sent to anyone.
It’s actually possible that if China refused to sell, the US would back off. It would look so, so bad if all of the people who use the app lost access to it because of a Mike Pompeo conspiracy theory about Chinese communists trying to spy on random teenagers by copying the most recent thing from their iPhone clipboard.
The basic concept of the US government claiming to care about internet privacy is absolutely beyond the pale on its own, but this situation was so dumb it made me sick.
The reason TikTok had access to the most recent item on the clipboard is that all apps have that access, if they want it. It’s a function of the Apple app development software, because there are many situations where an app would need access to that (i.e., it can automatically paste a phone verification that you’ve copied), and it has never been considered a breach of privacy before Pompeo the Hutt began ranting about it with his mouth full of unchewed food.
This is what Mike Pompeo is saying: Chinese communists have a facility somewhere where they have teams going through clipboard posts of American teenagers. What for? Well, he didn’t say, but he sure as hell implied the purpose is very nefarious.