The Chinese app TikTok is a “digital virus” that preys on children, says Keith Crash, a former Trump administration official, “disguised as candy, but is actually cocaine.”
Keith Krach, a former undersecretary of state for the Trump administration, said TikTok is “preying on children.” GMA3: What you need to know. “It’s disguised as candy, but it’s actually cocaine.”
“If you look at how TikTok is actually used inside China – I’m not talking outside of China – they use it as an education app for STEM, for science, technology, engineering and math,” Krach added.
Meanwhile, the Chinese app rewards young Americans by making them go viral or become “TikTok famous” for foolish behavior, such as posting frivolous dance videos, as well as sexual content, dangerous trends that have led to injury, and sometimes death.
during his interview with GMA3: What you need to knowCrash also warned that TikTok is capable of tracking keystrokes.
“That means they have access to your passwords, all of your data, they have access to your health records, your banking records, they have access to your geopolitical information or your geospatial information,” he said. “This means they can track where you are, where you’ve been, and where you’re going.”
“But I think one of the worse things is that it’s not just about you. It’s about the people you interact with digitally,” Crash added. “So, look at it as a digital virus, because it can infect the people around you. The only remedy for this; The only vaccine for this is outright bans.”
The former Trump official also insisted that banning TikTok is a bipartisan issue, adding, “As Under Secretary, I’ve had a lot of closed sessions with Congress, and I couldn’t tell the difference between a Democrat and a Republican when it comes to Chinese technology.”
“This is the greatest threat to our national security,” Krach said. “If they can weaponize the balloon, they can certainly weaponize the 150 million TikTok users at their mercy.”
Crash’s comments come as TikTok CEO Xu Ziqiu is expected to testify before Congress on Thursday about the app’s security concerns.
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