The prime minister quietly joined a platform he had previously condemned as having “an extension that goes straight back to China.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has quietly set up an official TikTok account, despite his harsh criticism of the social media giant in the past.
On Christmas Eve, Mr. Morrison uploaded his very first TikTok video, quickly followed by another video on Christmas Day.
His account, under the pseudo pm_scomo, has already been verified.
Comments, duets, and mentions have been turned off and it only has 1,854 subscribers at the time of writing.
In August 2020, Mr. Morrison warned that TikTok users should know that the “app extender returns to China.”
Now, a year later, he has joined the platform with an impending federal election in Australia.
Mr Morrison briefly considered banning TikTok last year, fearing the data could be returned to the Chinese Communist government because the app is owned by Chinese company ByteDance.
He warned that intelligence agencies of Australian TikTok users were “taking a close look” at the popular video-sharing app, but ultimately decided not to ban it.
âThere is no reason for us to restrict these applications at this point. We will obviously continue to monitor them, âhe said.
âBut I think people should understand and there’s kind of a buyer’s mistrust process.
âThere is nothing at this point to suggest to us that security interests have been compromised or that Australian citizens have been compromised as a result of what is happening with these apps.
“But people should know that the line connects directly to China and they should exercise their own judgment as to whether or not to participate in these things.”
TikTok insists Australian data is stored in Singapore and the United States, but other countries have also expressed concerns about the veracity of these claims.
In fact, former US President Donald Trump even went so far as to try to ban TikTok in the states unless the Chinese company finds an American buyer.
Mr. Morrison has also faced criticism for disabling all features of his TikTok except the ability to like or follow it.
No one can comment on their posts or mention it in their own videos or comments.
Neither can TikTok users âduoâ its videos – where you use another person’s video with yours in a split-screen view.
The “point” feature has also been removed from Mr. Morrison’s account, where you can cut a clip from someone else’s video to include it in your own.
Writer for Pedestrian TV, Sweeney Preston, said not allowing people to engage with Mr. Morrison’s TikTok was behavior that belonged to an “absolute coward.”
Other TikTok users were furious that they couldn’t interact with any of his posts and one said the prime minister would be “f ** ked” if he ever opened up to young people on the platform. -form.
This is because TikTok has overtaken Google as the most visited website for 2021.
TikTok and Google flip-flopped for the top spot throughout the year, including October and November, when Google reigned supreme.
But eventually, TikTok took over and outclassed Google.com, which includes maps, translations, photos, flights, books, and news.