Thursday, March 14, 2024

‘Blood Money’: Chinese Government Documents Reveal Detailed Plan to Subvert American Culture Using Tech and Hollywood to Target American Children; Disney Teams with China’s TikTok for Oscars Red Carpet Coverage

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‘Blood Money’: Chinese Government Documents Reveal Detailed Plan to Subvert American Culture Using Tech and Hollywood to Target American Children:
Chinese government documents and restricted military journals show how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is using social media like TikTok and Hollywood to target vulnerable young consumers and tear at the fabric of American culture, according to Peter Schweizer’s new book: Blood Money: Why the Powerful Turn a Blind Eye While China Kills Americans.
“The Chinese military and Communist Party officials have thought deeply and written extensively about waging ‘cognitive warfare’ on the United States. The CCP sees apps such as TikTok, video games, and movies as powerful weapons to wage psychological warfare against the West,” Schweizer writes. “…Unfortunately, they have found willing accomplices among some of the most powerful people in American politics and entertainment. Those national leaders continue to turn a blind eye to the challenge, refusing to acknowledge what Beijing is doing.”
Schweizer, a Breitbart News senior contributor and the President of the Government Accountability Institute, notes that “despite its links to the Chinese propaganda apparatus, TikTok has thrived with the help of American celebrities and thought leaders who are either ignorant or ambivalent about TikTok’s true nature.”
TikTok is run by the company ByteDance, which is “wedded to the Chinese Communist Party military-intelligence-industrial complex,” he writes. While the app has “penetrated the heart of America’s culture, becoming a central part of the lives of our children and young adults,” the Chinese government does not permit the app for its own population. Instead, the CCP harnesses the app’s addictive quality to target and shape the minds of young Americans for its own purposes, all while designating TikTok’s powerful algorithm as a top secret “national security asset.”
The first celebrity to promote TikTok was the late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon, according to Blood Money.
“There’s a really cool app I’ve been getting into lately called TikTok,” Fallon told millions of Americans watching his show. “Do you guys know that?”
“If you don’t have it, download it,” he instructed.
Schweizer continues, noting other celebrities who promoted the CCP-linked app:
What Fallon didn’t tell his audience was that he—not The Tonight Show itself—had forged a partnership with the Chinese company and created a series of TikTok “challenges” designed to grow interest in the app. The daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres soon followed with an equally glowing account on her show. The rapper Cardi B, for a large fee, posted some videos on TikTok—to no great effect, but it did lend her name to the platform. None of those celebrities seemed to weigh the gravity of being used to encourage Americans to download a potential Chinese spy app. How much money they were paid is not known.
“Celebrities weren’t alone. Major American institutions jumped in to work with TikTok. In 2019, for example, the NFL announced a multiyear content partnership with TikTok,” Schweizer adds. “One wonders what conversations were had besides ‘Show me the money!’ As we will see, politicians also lined up to use it.” --->READ MORE HERE
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Disney Teams with China’s TikTok for Oscars Red Carpet Coverage:
Disney’s ABC is teaming up with the Chinese social media app TikTok for Oscars red carpet coverage on Sunday.
TikTok will sponsor a “first-of-its-kind red carpet live stream,” Disney announced, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
This isn’t the first time TikTok has been involved with the Oscars. Two years ago, the Academy joined forces with the Chinese app to create online content for the 94th Oscars, including TikTok LIVEs, exclusive behind-the-scenes moments, red carpet coverage, and Oscars recap footage.
But this appears to be the first time the Walt Disney Company and TikTok are coming together on Oscar night.
The deal marks TikTok’s latest U.S. conquest as the Chinese app seeks to become culturally ubiquitous and swath itself in establishment prestige. TikTok recently scored a high-profile sponsorship deal for this year’s Met Gala, which is set to take place in May 6.
Vogue’s Anna Wintour recently announced that TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew will serve as an “honorary chair” at this year’s Met Gala.
Shou Zi Chew was grilled last year before members of Congress over the fact that TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, has access to data of the tens of millions of Americans who use the addictive app. --->READ MORE HERE
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