U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines and a group of his colleagues today demanded answers from the CEO of TikTok on their disinformation practices in Russia. Specifically, the Senator and his colleagues want answers on why TikTok is bending to pressure from the Kremlin and limiting users from Russia from seeing any content other than Russian state-approved media, creating an information blackout.
“Recent reports indicate TikTok… has allowed Russian state media to flood the platform with dangerous pro-war propaganda. No company should find itself in the position of amplifying the Kremlin’s lies, which fuel public support for Russia’s war of choice in Ukraine,” the senators wrote.
“We are deeply concerned that… TikTok is enabling the spread of pro-war propaganda to the Russian public, which risks adding to an already devastating human toll for both Ukrainians and Russians.” they continued.
Daines is joined by Senators John Cornyn (Texas), Roger Wicker (Miss.), John Barrasso (Wyo.), James Lankford (Okla.) and Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.).
Read the full letter the Senators sent TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew HERE.
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