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Australian Prime Minister Joins TikTok Despite Warnings Around App’s Beijing Ties

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Australian Prime Minister Joins TikTok Despite Warnings Around App’s Beijing Ties

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has uploaded two Christmas videos on hugely popular, yet controversial, music app TikTok despite warnings about its connections to Beijing. “G’day, TikTok. Merry Christmas from me and Bud and all of our family here to you and all of yours,” Morrison said in his first video on the Chinese owned video-sharing social networking platform. “Stay safe. Think of those obviously doing it a bit tough. Buddy’s going off to wrap some presents. I’ll catch you later.” The video shows him holding his pet with a Jingle Bells soundtrack in the background. ByteDance, the Beijing-based company which owns TikTok, has sparked concerns over its relationship with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and the potential sharing of user data. In turn, this sparked a ban on transactions with the company by former U.S. President Donald Trump in 2020, and saw the Australian Department of Defense to ban downloading …

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