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TIKTOK IS STOKING PROTESTS AND STEALING YOUR INFO

Father, nothing that is done is a surprise to You. Show us Lord, how to combat these kinds of harmful apps.

TikTok is stoking the protest crowds and stealing your information. Wait, what?

The number two downloaded free app, with 37 million users in the United States (800 million worldwide) and an expected growth of more than 20% this year, is challenging Facebook and Twitter as a source of information for users. It’s TikTok and it has captured the attention of young people, who are its main users. TikTok hosts all kinds of short video clips (one minute or less), many humorous, many musically-based, some live-action, but interestingly, has also become the news source of choice for these Gen Z (or younger) users. It has also become the way that groups like Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and other activist groups rally their troops and gather a crowd.

Although TikTok was not originally designed to be a news source,  recent events surrounding the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, have created many viral stars on TikTok and other users who have taken to this app to report videos of themselves or post video coverage at protests, riots, and raids.  The majority of individuals have begun to use their platforms on TikTok to share their personal thoughts about racism and the #BLM movement.

One of the primary ways the George Floyd video began circulating was through TikTok users sharing the video through the app. In fact, the demographic this app targets has now begun looking to this app as their news source. One minute clips are now providing information that users trust and share. Is this citizen journalism or creating sensational viral videos that may not tell the full story in a one-minute clip? Below is a trending TikTok video with over one million views surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement.  CAUTION: These videos may be difficult to watch and contain profanity.

@flygirlrocco

#rochester #protest #rochesterny #rochesterprotest #blacklivesmatter #riots

♬ This Is America – Childish Gambino

TikTok teens were mobilized by liberal activist Maryjo Laupp, known as TikTok Granny to order Trump Tulsa rally tickets. They had no intention of attending–they wanted to overinflate the anticipated crowd size so that the actual event would appear to be poorly attended. IFA reported on this earlier this week.

Another reason for concern, in addition to the viral use of TikTok in today’s culture, and the obvious detrimental result of using one-minute clips for a news source, is that TikTok is the creation of communist China company ByteDance and is legally bound to share information with the communist Chinese government.

Some have raised concerns about TikTok  censorship of information that is negative about certain issues pertaining to China, such as the Uigher re-education camps and organ harvesting. But there is a bigger issue. Through the TikTok app, communist China has access to data on users and their profiles, and even poses a national security threat.  Senator Josh Hawley and Senator Rick Scott have introduced a bill aimed at banning federal employees from using the TikTok app on their government-issued phones due to very real concerns about spying. Senator Hawley explains, “TikTok is owned by a Chinese company that includes Chinese Communist Party members on its board, and it is required by law to share user data with Beijing.  As many of our federal agencies have already recognized, TikTok is a major security risk to the United States, and it has no place on government devices.”

Beyond the concern about communist China having access to American intel, spying on everyday Americans should be a concern to us all as well. “I have nothing to hide,” or “They won’t find anything interesting in my profile,” are two responses you may be thinking when hearing that China may be spying on average Americans like you, your children, or your grandchildren on TikTok. But the data they are scooping up from you includes tracking your location, recording your online activity, storing your identifiable personal data, and more. Could it be that the app was even created to be a trojan horse for spying on Americans and its own Chinese citizens? And what are the ramifications of the prevalent use of this app among youth in the U.S. and around the world?

Pray about the influence this app has in our nation. Share your experiences with TikTok, or how you are praying.

(Contributing to this article are Abby Joy, IFA Media Content Developer  and Kris Kubal, IFA Director of Strategic Resources and Engagement.)

 

 

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16 Replies to “TIKTOK IS STOKING PROTESTS AND STEALING YOUR INFO”

  1. Lord, you are King over all of the earth … over China, America, and ALL nations! One day all will bow before you as LORD of Lords and King of kings! Mighty God, we ask you to send confusion into the camp of the enemy. Use what the enemy has planned for evil for your glory! Protect your people Israel. Protect America. May your light and glory flow through our countries. Bless the Chinese people. , Open the eyes of their understanding. Send workers into their fields for the Harvest is great. Deluge TikTok and other spyware with your Word. If it has gone too far, confuse their programming language just as you confused the languages at the Tower of Babel when men planned to make a tower to honor themselves. Do this to all social media outlets being used for evil. As the Communist China regime plots evil against the countries of this world to become the world’s leader, counterattack with deluging China with your Word. Send forth your Word and heal them. Strengthen your people in China. Protect them. Fill them with your wisdom, understanding, counsel, and might and the knowledge and fear of you. Cause the church in China to multiply expeditiously. May you send revival to them and to all nations including Israel and our own. We will give you all the praise and all the glory both now and for evermore. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen and Amen.

    Amen! 1
  2. Why can’t a conservative start a social media platform like FOX News did? Call it Brain Spot; ATTAINMENT; Gravy Train; Pit Stop; Flourish; ME TOO; ALL WIN….. make it hot for the Zoomers – give away free stuff – and educated people!

    Amen! 4
  3. Let us not underestimate the devious ways the enemy can use this media for his plans to rob, kill, and destroy. Do we think Communist China has innocent intentions toward the rest of the world, especially the U.S.? I have also read that a study by Israel showed that is is extremely anti-semitic, as well. The enemy can disguise itself as an angel of light. Lord, lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, Amen!

    Amen! 11
  4. I would like to assure anyone who is concerned that most of the information shared on TikTok especially regarding black lives matter is thoroughly researched and questioned once it is posted by the person posted and those watching!

    Amen! 3
  5. My husband gave me a smart phone for my Birthday this year, and there were ads all over every page I was going through, so I had heard a little about them on Fox News, but I looked it up to make sure.
    TikTok (Chinese: 抖音; pinyin: Dǒuyīn) is a Chinese video-sharing social networking service owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based internet technology company founded in 2012 by Zhang Yiming.
    They are truly trying to snag up or buy from FB or anyone that will sell subscriber info. I’m not joining in this or Zoom also another one that has gotten into trouble of late for dealing with the Chinese and not being honest about it. What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive, and along with spreading the Covid virus and their absolute bent against Christians, and any other faith but Marxism in China and gaining a strangle hold on the world economy, we see nothing redeemable about their dreams of a world ruled by them.

    Amen! 8
  6. Lord, this generation desperately needs our prayers. They are not getting the guidance that they need. Please intervene on this scheme and do not let it continue. We need You, Lord. Please help us.

    Amen! 16
  7. Thank you for making Christians aware of this dangerous app. We bind its influence upon Americans,,and loose a spirit of self-control upon all Americans who have watched these disturbing, anarchistic videos.We bind the attempts of China to interfere in the lives of all people. We pray to you, Lord, that their attempts to gain information on people will be a dismal failure. In Jesus’s name we pray.

    Amen! 38
  8. I was told that tiktok has the propensity for people to communicate and when they delete the info it can never be traced in any manner whatsoever. Example someone having an affair and can completely delete evidence? Is this factual ?

    Amen! 2
  9. Dear Lord please wake up people to the fact that there is unlimited deception going on and it is being used against us Americans. May people turn towards You Father and come to repentance. I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

    Amen! 55
  10. Lord forgive us for allowing our children to grow up without spiritual parents. I pray that you will give us boldness and wisdom to become more involved with the young adults and children around us and be God fearing influences on these minds that have been shaped by the world. As a Woman of God and a big sister I can say that I have allowed my younger sister (12) to see the world through the eyes of the Truth, the Word of God, and she knows that these riots are not trendy but harmful to society as a whole. I pray that you all who read this will teach those around you that the only solution is Jesus and to love.
    We know people by their fruit and we see the fruit that BLM produces and it is NOT love, it is NOT unity, and it is NOT Christ. Thank you all and please continue to pray for these children, teens, and adults. In Jesus mighty name I pray, Amen.

    Amen! 64
  11. Yes it’s very important to pray about using this new app. I joined TikTok because it was highly recommended to promote my music. But, I also see a lot of good Christian content being shared too, as is with Facebook and Twitter. So, we need to ask the Holy Spirit for discernment here. Could it be a tactic from the enemy to remove Christians from these social media platforms because we ARE having such a positive impact on people? The devil is always out there spreading hatred and division, so we must be the ones to continue to bring God’s light and truth into these dark places. If not, how will the lost find Christ? We are also in a disinformation war, so without posting the truth many will be prone to believe the blatant lies and propaganda that is being constantly showered on this young generation. We are in a spiritual battle for sure…Lord please show us how to proceed with your wisdom!

    Amen! 56
  12. Dear servants of God, praying for your peace on
    earth Lord give us insight o Lord and Wisdom, were praying against the devil schemes, that we pray and Trust in you in Jesus Name. Amen

    Amen! 45
    1. Father God, we thank you for your faithfulness. Thank you for your Son JESUS, for the cross, burial y resurrection. Lord, we pray for this generation, Lord remove the blindfolds, open their eyes that they can se the truth. I pray for parents, Lord through the power of the Holy Spirit give them wisdom and discernment to guide their children to the truth.
      Lord, bind the spirit of deception on social media, continue to expose the evil’s schemes.
      Thank you that you never leave us not forsake us. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

      Amen! 34

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