Freedom File 20: Despite TikTok/WeChat threats—delay in legal action permits both apps to continue to operate in the US

Chinese spy chips in smart phones. 
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(ChinaAid—Feb. 23, 2021) Despite TikTok and WeChat threats relating to/from Chinese spy chips in smart phones, President Joe Biden recently paused legal action against banning these apps in the United States (US). This delay permits both apps to continue to “operate” in the US while new staff at government agencies become familiar with threatening issues former President Donald Trump assessed  from researching the Chinese owned companies. 
According to statistics:
  • Messaging app WeChat has more than one billion users worldwide, but U.S only accounts for 2% of its revenue. 
  • Video-sharing app TikTok has about 800 million users worldwide, of which only 100 million are in the U.S.

In TikTok/WeChat Threats—Freedom File 20, Bob Fu, PhD relates severe threats relating to TikTok and WeChat, two Chinese Communist Party (CCP) controlled social media apps. He stresses that these two popular “messengers” pose several threats not only to Chinese citizens in living China, but to others in the free world.

Dr. Fu recounts the news that a Chinese court charged a husband and wife with “’subversion of State power,’ and sentenced them to serve four- and three-years in prison for text messages they had shared with others through WeChat. ”

“’Subverting the State’ by sending WeChat messages through an app can get you time in prison?” he  questions.

Dr. Fu also shares a personal experience of his and an American friend who travelled to China one summer to work with other coaches in a baseball camp for children. While in China, CCP State Security agents confiscated his friend’s passport for a few weeks and interrogated him in a secret location. As “evidence” to support suspicion of illegal activity, the agents presented pages of conversations his friend had shared with him, Dr. Bob states.

Dr. Fu examines China’s National Intelligence law, initially focusing on Article 7:

Article 7: All organizations and citizens shall support, assist, and cooperate with national intelligence efforts in accordance with law, and shall protect national intelligence work secrets they are aware of.
The State [reportedly] protects individuals and organizations that support, assist, and cooperate with national intelligence efforts.

China’s National Intelligence law makes it mandatory for Chinese organizations and citizens to spy on others to support the CCP’s national intelligence efforts. Article 11, Dr. Fu stresses, makes it mandatory for Chinese students to “spy” on their fellow Chinese students attending universities in America.

Article 11: National intelligence work institutions shall lawfully collect and handle intelligence related to foreign institutions, organizations or individuals carrying out, directing or funding foreign or domestic institutions, organizations, or individuals colluding to carry out, conduct endangering the national security and interests of the People’s Republic of China; so as to provide intelligence references and bases for preventing, stopping, and punishing the above conduct.

CCP agents monitor TikTok and WeChat 24/7, Dr. Fu says. Phones are also programed to hear conversations using these apps. Dr. Fu poses the question to parents: Do you want your children to have an app on their phone that The CCP may use as a listening device? He challenges others to do as Psalm 1:1 advises—do not walk with the ungodly… 

“Know that the CCP is ‘ungodly,'” Dr. Fu reminds viewers. “We are not to cooperate with them. We are to fight for freedom.”

“Blessed is the man 
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, 
Nor stands in the path of sinners, 
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful.”
                                                                                                                ~  Psalm 1:1 (NKJV)
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