U.S. intelligence agencies and data giants aren’t about to let someone who isn’t them invade your privacy.

by Spencer Ackerman, Forever Wars

a user holds a phone with tiktok on the screen

And for quite a while, Turner—who, I repeat, is the chairman of the House intelligence committee, which oversees the intelligence agencies—has sought to ban TikTok. Among his arguments is that China can manipulate TikTok’s algorithm to push propaganda on Americans. Meanwhile, as Dell reports, Turner’s non-public presentation derived from conflating two separate protests and a piece of baseless innuendo asserting a Hamas connection by a right-wing reporter turned GOP congressional candidate—the implication being that counterterrorism tools should be used to dry up the finances and ultimately the freedom of Americans who oppose Israel’s genocide in Gaza. Whoops!

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