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Podcast: Why Does TikTok Bother the Powerful So Much?

Aug 20, 2020 • View in browser

What’s So Scary About TikTok?
The recent news that the White House may ban the social media platform TikTok has people wondering, why? While Silicon Valley social giants, like Twitter and Facebook, have avoided similar threats, the question remains why TikTok, which is owned by a Chinese company but has headquarters in the UK and the US, is causing so much condemnation.
I invite author, artist, and technologist An Xiao Mina to discuss her recent article “Bread and TikTok for the Mass,” and why the social platform continues to irk the powers that be. We also discuss the passing of poet Dinos Christianopoulos, whose line “They Tried to Bury Us, They Didn’t Know We Were Seeds” has become a staple of protests the world over.
– Hrag Vartanian, editor-in-chief

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