Today Reddit banned nearly 2,000 communities, mostly along partisan lines. The largest was “The_Donald” a pro-Trump community, known as a subreddit on the site. The purge comes at the same time as numerous high-profile suspensions and bans occurred across the net.
Last year, a Chinese tech giant known as Tencent, gave a $150 million dollar investment to Reddit. The Chinese firm is known for the famous chatting app known as WeChat and the hit-game League-of-Legends. Reddit users immediately began worrying about censorship changes.
Reddit has publicly admitted to accepting the money. China has expressed intense censorship controls on various other social media platforms. This investment may represent a direct effort to gain influence over large US based social media companies.
The Pentagon has issued strong warnings about various Chinese apps. In January the Pentagon blocked the app from all military devices, insisted members delete the app, and cited “potential risk associated with using the TikTok app.” “It is considered a cyber threat,” says Lt. Col. Robin Ochoa, an Army spokeswoman,
“We do not allow it on government phones.” … “It is considered a cyber threat,”Lt. Col. Robin Ochoa – Army
The main concern with TiktTok has been how the app is able to backdoor and gain root access to the users phone. This grants Chinese access to users’ photos, text message history, browsers history, camera data and microphone recordings. It’s plausible that phones with the app installed could be used as a botnet.