CFU Press Release
For Immediate Release
August 10, 2020 12:00 p.m. EST
Campaign for Uyghurs supports the executive order banning TikTok and WeChat. TikTok, owned by a Chinese company, ByteDance, has been found to be a potential spying threat and the app’s ability to safeguard user privacy has repeatedly been called into question. The Chinese government also uses WeChat to collect data and spy on its users. By allowing citizens to utilize Chinese-made apps, the CCP is being given free reign to infiltrate democratic states and spread their false narratives like a virus.
Content that Beijing deems “subversive” has also been forced to be removed from both platforms. Human rights experts are well aware of the ways that these apps have been utilized to spy on Uyghurs and other dissenting voices and are used to persecute these individuals and their family members. Information collected from WeChat can be enough to land one in a concentration camp or prison, as is the case for many Uyghurs who have contact with foreigners or family members who are abroad. Tencent, WeChat’s parent company, is thus clearly complicit in the genocide of Uyghurs, amongst other affronts on human rights. The United States administration has not been alone in acknowledging this, India has also banned far more Chinese apps than were addressed by the U.S. executive order on August sixth.…Read More