That viral Haley vs. Ramaswamy moment raises important questions about TikTok

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“Every time I hear you, I feel a little bit dumber.”

That’s how former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley launched her latest assault on Vivek Ramaswamy, this time over his stance on the Chinese-backed social media platform TikTok.

Earlier this month, days after calling TikTok “digital fentanyl” pushed by Xi Jinping, Ramaswamy announced that he had joined the platform, claiming he had been persuaded to do so by YouTuber Jake Paul.

“This is infuriating because TikTok is one of the most dangerous social media apps that we could have,” Haley said, before stating that “150 million people are on TikTok.

“That means they can get your contacts, they can get your financial information, they can get your emails, they can get your text messages, they can get all of these things,” she added. “China knows exactly what they’re doing.”

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