TikTok, Tech, and the CCP

November 5, 2020 Updated: November 5, 2020

I have been reading with interest the articles in The Epoch Times with respect to TikTok and the U.S. government’s views, and more recently, the news around a possible purchase by Microsoft and that over 130 ByteDance employees are members of the CCP committee/members.

Being in the information technology industry, I would like to suggest there is a further “investigative journalism” aspect to this topic.

Whilst there is a lot of commentary around user data security with TikTok, and the clear association with the CCP, there is also a real possibility of an indirect/direct association between employees of companies like Google, Microsoft, etc., and members of the CCP.

Google has endeavored to act in a pro-China sense as a means of being able to achieve more in the China marketplace and additionally supporting Chinese technologies outside of China. We see that today, and as an example, there is the relationship between them and Xiaomi.

In the case of Microsoft, they have a large employee presence in China who work on their search engine, and would most likely have access to user data outside of China. And like Google, Microsoft has relationships with Xiaomi, Huawei, and APUS in markets outside of China. In one of your earlier articles, it was noted that even though the Indian government banned these types of companies, that has not fully happened in other countries.

My overall point is that there must be a strong possibility of CCP members working in these large U.S. technology companies who would have access to user information and technology, which could be passed on.

This, to me, could be a significant undercover story of reality, and possibly merit some investigative journalism.

Thank you, and great work on your stories to date.

Greg Daniels