NBA Star Silenced For Speaking Out About China’s Abuses 

( A former NBA player claimed he downloaded the Chinese-owned video-sharing app and blogged against China’s human rights violations and was quickly deplatformed.  

According to human rights activist and former NBA player Enes Freedom, TikTok banned harmful content toward the Chinese government. 

Freedom played for many NBA teams, including the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks. 

In a tweet sent on Thursday, Freedom said he had just purchased a second phone and installed the video-sharing app Tiktok to begin reporting human rights atrocities in China. According to Freedom, he was swiftly removed from the platform. 

He tweeted that TikTok is a Chinese Communist “spy app.”  

It took only one week for the CCP to ban him. 

“Stop taking other people’s data!” added Freedom. 

Several screenshots of Freedom’s blocked TikTok account were posted online. 

The banning came with a message that stated because of his repeated infractions of the Community Rules, “we have deactivated your account permanently.”  It said if he disagreed with this decision, he could explain why in the space provided.  

Freedom’s TikTok account “cannot be reinstated,” according to a notice from the company. 

Freedom was born in Turkey and moved to the United States as an adolescent. He formally changed his surname to Freedom once he became an American citizen in 2021. 

Freedom’s NBA career ended in 2022 when the Houston Rockets released him. According to Freedom, it was his vocal criticism of the Chinese Communist Party that led to his dismissal. 

Concerns over TikTok’s handling of user data in the United States have led legislators in Washington to investigate. 

In testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday, TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew argued that the app should not be blocked for any reason. When asked if Chinese authorities at ByteDance helped him prepare for the congressional hearing, Chew did not provide a straight response.