ByteDance, the Chinese parent company of TikTok, recently reached an agreement to lease two office buildings in Silicon Valley as it seeks to further promote the short video platform in the U.S.
According to Apollo News, TikTok, known in China as Douyin, wants to expand aggressively in the U.S. though it is seriously poisoning American society, especially the physical and mental health of young people.
Under the new agreement, U.S. telecommunication company Verizon will sublease the two office towers in San Jose to ByteDance. San Jose is the core city of Silicon Valley.
Verizon leased the two brand-new office buildings in 2019.
If the deal is finalized, the sublease will be one of the largest office leasing deals in Silicon Valley in 2022.
TikTok has more than 80 million active users in the U.S.
According to the latest statistics released by the Pew Research Center, 67% of American teenagers between 13 and 17 use the TikTok app.
On May 26, Insider Intelligence released a statistics, showing TikTok this year surpassed YouTube in user time spent on the top social platforms by U.S. adults.
Accordingly, users spent an average of 45.8 minutes on the Bytedance-owned social video platform, versus 45.6 minutes on YouTube.
This is the first time in history that TikTok overtook YouTube by this metric.
With this result, TikTok has become the Chinese media that has the most influence on Americans, surpassing YouTube, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, and Reddit.
Casey Fleming is CEO of advisory firm BlackOps Partners – a cyber and threat management consulting company.
He said that TikTok could send users’ passwords, credit card numbers, and other sensitive information to the Chinese authorities.
He said: “People need to understand that TikTok is a weaponized military application in the hands of our middle schoolers, our kids, our high school kids, and our young adults.”
According to Apollo News, TikTok has at least 300 employees who have worked in China’s CCTV, Xinhua News Agency, Global Times, China Radio International and other state media. Tik Tok also has employees who worked at China’s Cyberspace Administration – Beijing’s central internet censor.