TikTok’s recent silencing of conservative and pro-life voices is raising questions about whether the tech industry’s woke political culture is to blame — or whether the Chinese-owned company is doing the bidding of Beijing.
The latest target: Live Action President and founder Lila Rose, who said earlier this month that her TikTok account was permanently banned without explanation, mirroring the experiences of the Babylon Bee, Students for Life of America and Media Research Center TV.
The rash of cancellations has contributed to the unease surrounding TikTok, the short-video platform owned by Beijing-based ByteDance that has fueled national security and privacy concerns over China’s potential access to data on the app’s 1 billion users worldwide.
Gordon G. Chang, distinguished senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute, argued that the Chinese Communist Party “uses TikTok to spread its propaganda narratives.”
“TikTok’s suspension of several conservative-leaning sites is undoubtedly the result of a decision in the