November 6, 2023
TikTok, an app with ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and popular with young Americans, has been shown to favor pro-Palestinian content, leading experts to question whether the platform has a built-in bias against Israel.
Weeks after Hamas’ terrorist attack on Israel, posts on TikTok in support of Palestine are reportedly receiving significantly more engagement compared to those supporting Israel, which experts attribute to the algorithm the Chinese-owned app employs. The popular video app is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, which maintains significant ties to the CCP, and reportedly has substantial power over TikTok.
“When a China-run platform like TikTok promotes anti-Israel propaganda, it’s clear our chief global rival is trying to undermine our relationship with one of our strongest allies by influencing our youth,” Internet Accountability Project founder and president Mike Davis told the DCNF. “China seeks to sow discord internally in America, and TikTok is their most effective tool.”
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