Ban TikTok for its wild content

Moms and Dads of America, meet the real TikTok — a daunting sewer of filth, human grotesqueness, and sick humor.

What actually appears on TikTok is more important than the topics discussed in Washington.

They’re important, but secondary to the more fundamental of TikTok’s often appalling content.

Too many parents have no idea what kind of videos their kids are watching.

After ignoring the TikTok icon on my screen since buying a new iPhone last fall, I took the plunge last week, prompted by the congressional hearings.

I Was Curious: Is the Video-Sharing App Really a Chinese “Trojan Horse” to Steal Personal Information About Americans?

Does it provide the government in Beijing with data about our preferences, habits and finances?

Perhaps these fears, which both Democrats and Republicans have voiced, are well founded.

(TikTok’s loudest supporter is wacky socialist MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who tells us everything we need to know about her tastes.)

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez
Although politicians on both sides want to ban the app, one notable supporter is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
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But after spending a nerve-wracking few hours on my own feed, “national security” concerns seemed like bean counting.

I have no idea how TikTok’s infamous algorithms decide which videos to send to an individual user’s feed.

But half the ones I saw were gross, spoiled or nauseous.

Yes, I’ve found life-affirming things of the cute-baby-meets-cute-cat variety.

Some clips made me laugh, such as fake “paranormal” incidents.

There was also fun trivia.

I never would have guessed that abolitionist Harriet Tubman was alive when Thomas Jefferson and Ronald Reagan were alive.

(I didn’t believe it until I looked up the dates.)

But being overweight was too scary or weird for consolation.

Anyone for gross close-ups of pimples being popped with sharp instruments or “worms” being removed from a child’s nose?

TikTok mostly portrays women as sex-hungry, writhing bodies.

The exploitation is so blatant that the silence of the #MeToo crowd is inexplicable.

A mature adult might laugh at the dirt.

I doubt impressionable teens, let alone kids, can pull this off that easily, especially when they’re glued to the app for hours every day.

I’m neither homicidal nor suicidal, but the dystopian stream was scary enough to make me believe parents who said TikTok drove their kids to take their own lives or use violence against others.

TikTok is a laughing stock for supporters of tasteless Jewish mockery, if not outright anti-Semitism.

What is the difference between a Boy Scout and a Jew?

The boy scout comes back from the camp.


Very funny!

One young woman (circling lasciviously, as most TikTok performers seem to do) babbled, “Diarrhea . . . I have to tell my non-Jewish friends that diarrhea is part of Judaism.”

Often recurring side splits concern the supposed desire of young women for anal sex.

It takes some seriously self-destructive “performers” to appear on camera and warn her friends that using her “other hole” could get her pregnant.

Dirty advice is offered in abundance by women of all ages, some of whom look as young as 15.

Getting him to perform oral sex means “You don’t have to worry about him saying anything stupid.”

Scantily clad small children sat in the darkest corner of the compound, posing suggestively on beds and couches.

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What actually appears on TikTok seems just as worrying as the national security issues that have arisen with the app.

They stopped short of full-fledged pornography and included daddies mouth-kissing toddlers.

Most came with text in Russian and several Asian languages.

Not that TikTok is all about sex!

I also encountered torture sites, horribly deformed people and helpless animals being devoured alive by larger animals.

Komodo dragons and pythons that swallow baby pigs and goats whole enjoyed starring roles.

Footage of planes on fire and crashing was obviously fake, but the mumbo-jumbo might be lost on kids about to take their first flights.

It was more difficult to tell about other bizarre scenes.

A woman swam in a pool trailing a river of menstrual blood.

Two people poured some kind of liquid over the head of a weeping woman who was buried up to her neck.

Important to note: I didn’t search any of the videos I came across.

I never used the search function.

I’ve never followed prompts to tap the screen or click buttons or flashing red arrows to post likes, comments, or replies to “Sex Facts” and “Girl Facts” videos.

It wasn’t worth satiating my curiosity to brave the tide of madness that was sure to follow.

Forget the TikTok threat to our national security.

The greater, more immediate threat is to the mental and emotional health of our children.

If we don’t protect them from TikTok, we adults have lost our minds too. Ban TikTok for its wild content


DUSTIN JONES is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. DUSTIN JONES joined USTimeToday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with DUSTIN JONES by emailing

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