May 25, 2024

If TikTok is ready to leave it, Rumble is ready to pull up quick to retrieve it. 

A nationwide ban on TikTok is right around the corner. Congress has given TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, the ultimatum of divesting from the Chinese Communist Party or getting kicked out of the states. 

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With its roots in the CCP, and concerns about the myriad of data on Americans, their companies, and even their political leaders being given directly to our enemies, TikTok has become something of a national security hazard, and thus, subject to be banned. 

However, Rumble is attempting to give TikTok something of an incentive to walk away from China. 

The Florida-based free speech video-sharing platform has released an open letter to TikTok stating that if ByteDance does divest its ownership in TikTok, Rumble stands ready with other “parties” to acquire TikTok and operate it as an American company. 

“In the event that ByteDance divests its ownership in TikTok, Rumble is ready to join a consortium with other parties seeking to acquire and operate TikTok inside the United States. Specifically, we are ready to serve as a cloud technology partner.”

At this time, TikTok is the most popular content platform of its kind, with users of all ages, races, religions, and political leanings. Contrary to many beliefs, many conservative influencers utilize the platform as well. 

As I wrote previously, TikTok’s influence on the tech landscape is undeniable with every other content platform attempting to keep up by releasing their own version of TikTok’s platform with varying levels of success. Despite all the tech CEO’s horses and all the tech CEO’s men attempting to build something that could compete, none of them have been able to capture TikTok’s success. 

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(READ: TikTok Exposed Inconvenient Facts About America and I Don’t Mean Our Data)

This is exactly why Rumble acquiring ByteDance as a tech partner would be a pretty amazing turn of events and the best outcome. 

And this would all be the best outcome for a reason that was pointed out by Donald Trump himself. TikTok’s disappearance from the landscape is something that Silicon Valley CEOs would absolutely love as it would give them complete control over that particular content landscape. 

Acquiring TikTok and turning it into a free speech platform (it actually practices better free speech rules than American content platforms already) would effectively turn TikTok into a river of information that counters and destroys narratives currently being enforced by California tech companies and the Democrat politicians they answer to. 

TikTok would go from a Chinese villain to an American hero in the blink of an eye.

It’s unclear if the other “parties” mentioned by Pavlovski involve the Yass company, whom Trump recently met with. Yass owns a 15 percent stake in ByteDance, though Trump denies having discussed this issue with Jeff Yass, the owner. 

I believe there is something happening behind the scenes with Republicans and TikTok as Kelley Ann Conway and Vivek Ramaswamy have all changed their tunes on TikTok and seem to be more into defending the company. 

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With Rumble’s offer now on the table, it seems that Republicans are looking to truly make big moves on the social front, and acquiring TikTok would be a check-mate kind of move with a cultural effect akin, if not more powerful than, Elon Musk acquiring Twitter. 

All this remains to be seen, however, but none of these reversals are an accident, especially by a man who has been so tough on China. 

Ultimately, TikTok becoming a U.S. company in league with free-speech businesses is the best outcome of this entire saga. Handing the quick content platform kingdom over to Facebook and Google would be disastrous and there’s nothing they’d love more than a total ban of TikTok in the States. 

However, their worst nightmare is for TikTok to not only remain…but also become a free speech company based here in America.  

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