Chinese-owned TikTok, a short-clip video-sharing platform weaponized as a Chinese Communist Party surveillance tool, has reportedly removed satirical impressions of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Comedian Tyler Fischer, whose impressions have gone viral, wrote on Twitter Monday TikTok banned his mocking of Fauci, the face of America’s detrimental lockdowns, over violations of its “community guidelines.”
TikTok’s parent company, China-owned ByteDance, did not immediately respond to The Federalist’s inquiries.
As the novel Wuhan coronavirus pandemic comes to an end, earning its name from its first outbreak in the Hubei province of central China, Fauci has been the fiercest defender of lockdowns despite their colossal costs. The Chinese intelligence tool, TikTok, which U.S. national security officials sought to ban within American borders, has responded to Fauci’s impending irrelevance with apparent protection from criticism. Fauci has also consistently thrown cover for the China-dominated World Health Organization (WHO) and rejected theories the coronavirus emerged from a lab in Wuhan involved in research funded by Fauci’s NIAID.
Capitol Hill lawmakers on both sides of the aisle remain concerned about TikTok’s use as a surveillance service for communist China, enough so that the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously passed a bill last week to ban the app on government devices.
Earlier this month, one of Fischer’s impressionist videos racked up more than 400,000 views on Twitter alone and more than half a million on TikTok, where he mocks Fauci’s strict demands that Americans adhere to mask for wearing regardless of immunity status. Fauci often wears two masks despite being vaccinated.
“I’d say even if you live alone, I would wear a mask in the house, especially in the shower,” Fischer said. “Because, frankly, droplets can make their way through the drain, and come up through somebody else’s toilet, infecting them through the anus.”
Important Dr. Fauci update: pic.twitter.com/xTePKmeOBk
— Tyler Fischer (@TyTheFisch) May 3, 2021