Cardinal George Pell says he’s “strongly opposed” to growing calls to ban the Chinese-owned video sharing app TikTok.
“I think it amounts to censorship,” says Pell. “Donald Trump should keep his hands off TikTok. I think it’s a great app and I really enjoy the content.”
TikTok is used primarily by young people to create and share short music, lip-sync, dance, and comedy videos.
But its Chinese owners are being pressured by the US President to sell the app to U.S owned Microsoft – or risk being banned due to national security concerns.
“There are no real security concerns about videos of young children dancing and singing,” says Pell. “It’s completely harmless fun.”
George Pell – who was acquitted of child sexual abuse and released from prison in April – says he spends several hours each day on TikTok.
“Obviously I’m not spending much time in the Church these days, so I rely on TikTok to continue to feel connected to young people.”