TikTok Aims to ‘Corrupt Young Americans and Teach Them to Hate Their Country,’ Senator Warns

Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton advised Americans to “delete” their TikTok account as the platform seeks to “corrupt young Americans and teach them to hate their country.” The TikTok account NewsTokks is operated by MediaLinksTV, “a registered foreign agent and Washington D.C.-based outpost of the main Chinese Communist Party television news outlet,” according to a report by Forbes. The account has condemned Republican senators, governors, and criticized political issues.

From Fox News:

In a statement, Sen. Rubio told Fox News Digital that "it is laughable that TikTok, an app that I have been warning about for years, allowed a foreign smear campaign to run against me unaddressed." He added that the app’s "gimmick" proves "TikTok needs to divest itself of any Chinese ownership or influence whatsoever or be banned from operating in the United States."

Talking to Fox News Digital, Senator Cruz said, "TikTok is used by the Chinese Communist Party for spying and propaganda…. It is long past time for the U.S. to take action against it." 

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In a statement to Fox News Digital, Sen. Cotton responded to this latest revelation by painting a broader picture of the dangers of TikTok.

"Using a social media app to corrupt young Americans and teach them to hate their country is just the sort of long-con Chinese Communists love," he said. "What’s worse, Americans are inviting them do it." 

He added, "You wouldn’t invite a Chinese spy into your home, so why would you download a Chinese spy app onto your phone? Delete it, now."