Communist Chinese government-tied TikTok is looking to censor content questioning “climate change” narratives, even though China is considered the biggest polluter, and least “green,” nation in the world.
A TikTok press release about Earth Day 2023 claimed, “On April 21, we will begin to ramp up enforcement of a new climate change misinformation policy which removes climate change misinformation that undermines well-established scientific consensus, such as content denying the existence of climate change or the factors that contribute to it.” Forget the fact that China just reportedly increased its pollution and that climate experts have been consistently wrong for 50 years. TikTok doesn’t seem to care that its new censorship of free speech is completely hypocritical.
Why? “Seems like TikTok just found religion, the kind of religion the left has been pushing,” said MRC Free Speech America & MRC Business Vice President Dan Schneider. “This reflects a brazen attempt to keep Senate Democrats firmly in TikTok’s hip pocket. The Biden administration is not going to ban its most powerful campaign tool, and so long as Chuck Schumer continues to bottle up legislative efforts to remove this communist Trojan horse, TikTok will continue to hoover up our private data at alarming rates.”
TikTok self-righteously declared, “As we do for all misinformation policies, we will work with independent fact-checking partners when applying this policy to help assess the accuracy of content.” TikTok regularly censors free speech on its platform.
An August 2022 MRC Free Speech America study found that TikTok had “permanently banned” 11 pro-free speech organizations. These included satire accounts, various pro-free speech groups and commentators, pro-life groups and even the MRC’s own MRCTV account.
Chinese-owned TikTok’s censorship is ridiculous in light of China’s (lack of) environmental standards. China, by far the world’s biggest polluter, recently sped up its construction of coal mines and its approval of new coal mines. Very “green,” right? Not only that, the former Chinese residents hosting The China Show claimed that Chinese companies routinely do things that run afoul of the left’s dogmatic stances on climate change, like burning “recyclables,” including potentially hazardous electronics, on a large scale inside of buildings. The CCP furthermore takes on loads of waste, including plastics, from other countries. China then dumps that waste in the ocean. In other words, TikTok is completely hypocritical for allowing only woke views on supposed “climate change.”
The Chinese Communist Party owns a board seat and maintains a financial stake in TikTok’s parent company ByteDance.
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