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Aug 07, 2020
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Anchor Liu Xin Discusses TikTok Ban On China's Official TV: America's Tyranny On Laughter, Happiness Might Motivate Young People To Vote; I Can Almost Hear Them Scream: "Give Me TikTok or Give Me Death!"

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Chinese anchor Liu Xin said in an English-language video that was uploaded to the YouTube channel of CGTN TV (China) that U.S. President Donald Trump's TikTok ban proves that Trump is turning his back on the values that made America great and that America does not have a monopoly on innovation. Liu Xin said that the silly videos on TikTok give Americans a "nice break" while their compatriots are dying of COVID-19 and while people are bickering over wearing masks. She said that some content creators even make money on TikTok, She argued that this is good because of America's high unemployment rate. She said that there is no evidence to prove American officials' accusations that COVID-19 originated in a lab in Wuhan and that Chinese companies like TikTok and Huawei steal Americans' data. She continued to accuse the U.S. of the "original sin" of judging a company by where it comes from. Liu Xin also said that all of TikTok's efforts to be "of," "by," and "for" Americans have not been sufficient in the eyes of the United States, and that no matter what happens, TikTok was a Chinese idea that proves America does not have a monopoly on good ideas. In addition, she said that America's "tyranny" over people's laughter and happiness may motivate young people to vote in the 2020 elections. She added: "I can almost hear these young people scream: 'Give me TikTok or give me death!'" The video was also posted with Arab subtitles on the Arabic-language YouTube channel of CGTN TV.

Liu Xin: "U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to ban TikTok proves at least two things. It shows how America has turned its back on the values that have made it great. It also shows to the world that it doesn't have a monopoly on innovation. Now, it's just an app! Many of the videos are actually quite silly.

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"For Americans, I guess it gives them a nice break as well, when hundreds of their compatriots are dying of a virus and people bickering over a piece of cloth on their face! I've heard creators are making their livelihood on TikTok as well, and a special fund is expected to support them further. This is a good thing with such staggering unemployment numbers in the U.S..

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"President Trump might not have liked how the BlackLivesMatter hashtag went viral on TikTok, but that's against the enshrined First Amendment in the Constitution of the good old U.S. of A. Remember they always accuse others.

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"It's the same person who said China 'spawned' the coronavirus. And President Trump and his Secretary of State Pompeo said they saw evidence the virus came from a lab in Wuhan. They said Huawei could pose security risks... They said this and that, just short of showing evidence. So, guilty until proven innocent?

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"Now, don't judge a person by the color of his or her skin, but the content of his or her character. Now judge a company not of what it does but where it comes from? Sounds like an original sin that can't be erased. TikTok has done almost everything possible to become 'of Americans', 'by Americans' and 'for Americans'. Its servers in America [and Singapore], hiring an American CEO, creating American jobs, paying American taxes and servicing American consumers. And yet, it seems just not enough.

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"Whatever happens, it was a Chinese idea. Some American politicians have been jousting China for stealing American IP. Now by arm-twisting TikTok, they have actually acknowledged America doesn't have a monopoly on innovation. China can come up with good ideas too. When one can't compete, one takes? With TikTok having been widely used already, that tyranny, and the tyranny over people's laughter and happiness as well, could be reciprocated on ballots on November 3. Someone said by threatening to ban TikTok, Trump has just solved the age-old problem of how to motivate young people to come out to vote. I can almost hear these young people scream at the top of their lungs: Give me TikTok or give me death!"

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