@angristan I’ve seen a couple of these “I want to build a Twitter alternative” people pop up in the last few days and what unites them is that they’re not interested in hearing the problem’s already been solved
Facebook is under the legal confinement of US. But not control of the regime. If FB is under the control of US regime, it would be illegal for them to do anything to the president's account. US law protects a system, not the person who controls it.
TikTok would be legally required to take off anything that gives negative image to PRC. And there - 1/3
are rules beyond any law or legal procedure. You'd just have to obey whoever is in charge of the department, who is bound to loyal to the president.
I am not saying US or FB is perfect. FB and Twitter sucks, alright? (Why else would I use Mastodon instead?) But you guy are too easily drawing parallels between things that are not at the same level of shitty.
@yookoala @Gargron @angristan You may be right but I don't see it in practice. On the international version of tiktok I frequently see videos that are critical of the Chinese government. Obviously what's allowed within China vs the rest of the world is different, but I think it's a bit of scare-mongering to state that the PRC is trying to export totalitarianism in the same way the USA tries to export democracy (AKA bombing countries into hegemonic submission.)
You don't yet see it now because TikTok is still growing. So things are more subtle there. Perhaps some algorithm to advance the pro-China KOL. Or give incentive for the current KOL to promote China culture.
Once the network effect is there, they can do things 1,000 times more blunt than Facebook. And there is no court nor system to review a damn - 1/2
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