Chinese Communist Party

“The crumbling of a regime always starts in the realm of ideas. Political upheaval and the toppling of a regime could occur in a single night. But changing the way people think is a long-term process. Once the front lines of human thought have been broken through, other defensive lines also become hard to defend.”

— Chinese President Xi Jinping

What You Need To Know

ByteDance (TikTok) editor-in-chief is the company’s Communist Party boss

  • Zhang Fuping is TikTok parent company ByteDance’s chief editor and also the company’s Communist Party Secretary.
  • In August 2018, Fuping helped lead a ByteDance Party Committee meeting focused on studying Xi Jinping’s goals on “propaganda and ideological work.”
  • Fuping taught a lesson on how to develop “good propaganda.”

Once you allow TikTok on your device, they have access to everything

  • Chinese-owned TikTok can track every keystroke, every click, and the location data of its users.
  • TikTok has stored sensitive financial information of users on servers in China, including their social security numbers and tax ID numbers.
  • TikTok itself says they “may share the information [they] collect with a parent, subsidiary, or [their] affiliate of [their] corporate group,” or, put plainly, the Chinese Communist Party.

TikTok is owned by Chinese propaganda tool ByteDance

  • ByteDance, and by extension TikTok, has maintained an internal Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Committee since 2017 that exerts influence over the company.
  • In a wrongful dismissal suit, former ByteDance Executive, Yintao Yu, accused TikTok of a “Culture of Lawlessness,” and said the company is a “useful propaganda tool for the Chinese Communist Party.”
  • An extensive review of Linkedin profiles of ByteDance and TikTok employees founds that 300 current employees at the two companies previously worked for Chinese state-run media publications.