AOC defends TikTok after company donated $300,000 to caucuses she is on the council of.

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New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has faced criticism for defending TikTok after reports emerged that, in December, the Chinese-owned social media platform donated $150,000 to Congressional Hispanic Caucus Foundation and to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation each.

Fox News reports that the lobbying contribution report from TikTok’s parent company ByteDance shows the six-figure donations. Heritage Foundation tech policy expert, Jake Denton, said, “TikTok’s parent company gave $150,000 to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. AOC is a member of the CHCI advisory council. What a coincidence!”

According to her website, Ocasio-Cortez is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and her defense of TikTok came in the wake of the social media giant’s CEO Shou Chew Florida testifying before the Congressional House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday about the degree to which his company puts users’ personal data into …

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