With this one move, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) just validated that Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was correct.
Lefty politicos and journos — but I repeat myself — made a big fuss when their Glory Boy, Rep. Adam Schiff, was yanked off the House Intelligence Committee for being a serial liar.
ClashDaily covered Speaker McCarthy verbally dropkicking one sassy journo about the issue here:
On Wednesday, Schiff held a presser with fellow House Reps Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who whined that their bad behavior should be ignored so that they can get the committee appointments that they apparently feel entitled to.
But it was what Schiff did after that presser that confirmed McCarthy had made the right call in his case.
Congressman Adam Schiff posted his very first video on TikTok making a direct appeal for donations.
LMFAO Adam Schiff posted his first TikTok after being removed from the Intelligence committee by Kevin McCarthy. pic.twitter.com/IQjwQYtvcQ
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 26, 2023
Imagine throwing a public tantrum because you were tossed off the Intel Committee and then hopping on your phone and posting a TikTok video whining about it and asking for contributions.
The disgruntled serial liar bitching that he was booted from the Intelligence Committee grifting in his first video on a Chinese spyware app is just so on-the-nose for Schiff.
This former Chair of the House Intelligence Committee is now using an app that has been banned in India because of security concerns and that the previous administration was considering banning as well for precisely the same reason.
The little video app isn’t just a timesink with an algorithm that pushes videos that promote far-left ideology, mental illness, and degeneracy, as well as content you want to see to keep you scrolling — it also collects a frightening amount of data on users.
TikTok knows the device you are using, your location, IP address, search history, the content of your messages, what you’re viewing and for how long. It also collects device identifiers to track your interactions with advertisers. TikTok “infers” factors such as your age range, gender and interests based on the information it has about you. In the US, TikTok can collect biometric information including face and voiceprints…
…TikTok asks for your email address or phone number and date of birth. It also collects the content you create even if you don’t end up uploading or saving it, and the associated metadata – the when, where and who. If you sign in with Facebook, information can be shared with the social network too.
TikTok says it collects text, images and video from your device’s clipboard if you copy and paste content to or from the app, or share it with a third-party platform…
…While it’s normal for a video app to request camera and microphone access, “the privacy permissions also allow TikTok to secure detailed information about your location using GPS and other apps you’re running.” These privacy permissions can be accepted or rejected, but turning them off may limit the functionality of TikTok…
…TikTok can tell if you find a video funny and why, if you’re interested in sports or music, whether you’re religious, into politics or concerned about specific causes. It also knows if you’ve been feeling down lately.
Some in Congress call TikTok “spyware” because it has the ability to record keystrokes and capture user data even when it’s running in the background.
TikTok’s in-app browser has the ability to monitor certain kinds of user activity on the external websites accessed with it, new research shows.
According to research published Thursday by Felix Krause, a Vienna-based software researcher, when TikTok users access a website through a link in the TikTok app, the app inserts code into the website that allows TikTok to monitor activity like keystrokes and what users are tapping on that site.
That could allow TikTok to capture personal user information like credit card numbers and passwords, though the company claims it doesn’t do that. The app is able to insert the code and modify the websites to allow that monitoring because the sites are opened in TikTok’s in-app browser, rather than in a standard one like Chrome or Safari…
…The news comes amid long-running security and surveillance concerns about the TikTok app and its ownership by the Chinese company ByteDance. Some US officials say TikTok threatens national security because ByteDance could share data about Americans collected through the app with the Chinese government, which could then weaponize it against Americans. TikTok has repeatedly said it would never do this.
And despite the assurances from ByteDance that this massive trove of data collected on each individual U.S. user isn’t going to China — that’s not true.
Just last month we learned that ByteDance employees in China collected data on two American journalists — one of whom, Emily Baker-White, wrote an article in BuzzFeed News in July accusing ByteDance of pushing pro-China messaging using the now-defunct U.S. “news” app, TopBuzz.
On Thursday, ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, released the results of an internal investigation. Yes, ByteDance confirmed, four of its employees in China scooped up the data of two TikTok accounts belonging to U.S. journalists. And TikTok really, really wasn’t supposed to do that…
…in 2019 — when TikTok was an emerging internet phenomenon, and news coverage about it consistently contained passages that raised concerns about its associations with the Chinese government — its U.S. team rolled out some sweeping claims about data security. The most important of those claims is that U.S. user data is kept in the United States and doesn’t go to ByteDance headquarters in China. The U.S. team may have thought that when they produced that statement, but with Thursday’s revelation, the company now admits it wasn’t true.
It’s shocking that anyone is still using this app considering just how much data is collected and that it could be used for the benefit of the Chinese Communist Party’s anti-Western propaganda war… but the former Chair of the House Intelligence Committee using the app to grift? That’s just astounding!
Never change, little Pencil-Neck. Never change.
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1. O’Flaherty, Kate. “All the ways TikTok tracks you and how to stop it.” Wired. October 23, 2021. https://www.wired.co.uk/article/tiktok-data-privacy
2. Fowler, Bree. “TikTok’s In-App Browser Can Monitor Your Keystrokes, Researcher Says.” CNET. August 22, 2022. https://www.cnet.com/tech/services-and-software/tiktoks-in-app-browser-can-monitor-your-keystrokes-researcher-says/
3. Pearl, Mike. “TikTok admits to spying on U.S. users as effort to ban the app heats up.” Mashable. December 23, 2022. https://mashable.com/article/tiktok-spying-internal-report-us-users#:~:text=TikTok%2C%20when%20opening%20any%20website,including%20passwords%2C%20and%20all%20taps
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