NBA star turned human rights activist Enes Freedom believes TikTok is banning material that criticizes the Chinese government.
Freedom, a former NBA player, alleges he utilized a Chinese app to spread information and criticism of China’s human rights record. Freedom was a former NBA player who suited up for a number of different teams, including the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks.
Freedom tweeted on Thursday, “I got a second phone and downloaded Tiktok today so that I can start tweeting about China’s human rights abuses.” As far as Freedom can tell, he was quickly removed from the spotlight. His opinion is that the Chinese government is to blame.
Claiming that “TikTok is a Chinese Communist surveillance vehicle,” he went on to say that the CCP had banned him from using the platform permanently within a week.
When they cried, “Don’t steal our personal data!” they found newfound freedom.
Freedom supposedly tweeted screenshots of his destroyed TikTok account after doing so.
Because of your persistent disregard for our Community Guidelines, we have taken the extreme measure of permanently disabling your account. To appeal this decision, please describe the issue in the space provided below,” said the letter shared on Freedom’s TikTok page.
Apparently, TikTok looked into Freedom’s complaint and replied, as seen in another screenshot. Freedom’s TikTok account “cannot be restored” because of her persistent rule breaking, the company told her.
Your account will no longer be able to log into TikTok,” the message said.
Freedom and her family emigrated to the United States from Turkey when she was a little child. After becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States in 2021, he made the personal decision to choose the surname Freedom.
When the Houston Rockets released him in 2022, Freedom’s career in the NBA was ended. Freedom speculates that his criticism of the Chinese Communist Party led to his dismissal.
Freedom said this was because of my outspoken criticism of the Chinese government’s recent actions. You must realize the importance of the Chinese market to the NBA. As long as your comments don’t negatively affect their bottom line, you’re free to make them. If you do that, you may forget about getting their attention again. This is awful on an unimaginable scale.
Concerns over how the firm handles user data in the US have prompted lawmakers in Washington, DC, to investigate TikTok.
ByteDance, the app’s primary distributor, has been warned that the Biden administration may ban the app if it doesn’t start selling it in the United States.
When asked why the app should not be restricted, TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew testified on Thursday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. When asked if Chinese authorities at ByteDance had helped Chew prepare for his appearance before Congress, Chew dodged the topic.
Chew has publicly opposed the idea of making the TikTok app available to everyone in the United States.
TikTok has been a point of contention between the governments of China and the United States. On Thursday, the business announced that the Chinese government “strongly opposes” any attempt to sell TikTok.
In response to user concerns, TikTok revised its Community Guidelines on Tuesday to forbid anything that discusses or promotes topics such as global warming, vaccinations, or the use of computer-generated pictures of minors or private persons.