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Joe Rogan and former CIA agent say Tik Tok is actually a “cyber threat”

Published: 20/Jan/2020 13:30

by Matt Porter


Joe Rogan and former CIA agent Mike Baker says popular social media app Tik Tok is considered to be a “cyber threat” by the U.S. military.

The Joe Rogan Experience is host to a number of experts from different fields, and during episode 1414, the MMA commentator and podcast host welcomed Mike Baker, a former CIA covert operations officer who discussed the world of security and operations with Rogan for over two hours.

During their interview, discussions turned to China and the news that the U.S. had recently banned Huawei smartphones, after accusing the government of using the devices to spy on American consumers. Talk then turned to Tik Tok, a social media app that allows users to post short clips online, which is also based in China, with Baker claiming that the app is banned from use by those serving the military because of its links back to the Asian powerhouse.

Mike Baker appearing on The Joe Rogan Experience.
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Mike Baker is a former CIA officer.

“They’ve been making efforts to limit the ability for Tik Tok to do business here,” Baker told Rogan. “The U.S. military has instructed all personnel to stay off Tik Tik because of the same concern. These companies can argue all they want that they are independent, but at the end of the day, if the Chinese government knock on their door and say ‘We would like access to your database because we want to hoover up information about every military person stationed wherever,’ they’re going to do it.”

“It’s considered a cyber threat,” read Rogan online, taking a quote from Army spokeswoman Lt. Col. Robin Ochoa. “We do not allow it on government phones.”

Rogan went on to explain how his own daughter is 11 years old and obsessed with the app, getting the 52-year-old to perform dances with her from Tik Tok, while Baker admitted that when he took his son to basketball practice, he often sees a bunch of kids using their phones to watch videos or discuss it.

Whether the United States government will move to ban Tik Tok like they have Huawei remains to be seen, but Rogan revealed that the company had been trying to get one of their executives onto The Joe Rogan Experience for an interview, something which the host says he could not be less interested in.

“Interesting,” stated Baker when the comedian told him the news. “Not really,” responded Rogan. “Not to me. [It’s not happening.] No.”


Shroud impressed with Sykkuno’s “amazing” Rust skills: “You destroyed me!”

Published: 16/Jan/2021 17:57

by Georgina Smith


Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek was left in awe after Sykkuno managed to shoot him dead on the OTV Rust server, and it was safe to say he was impressed by the streamer’s aim, saying “you killed me, you’re amazing!”

The Offline TV Rust sever has been a huge talking point since the start of this year, as with the enormous host of streamers participating there are endless amounts of content for fans to consume on the daily.

The server even ended up needing to be split into two after people’s varying playstyles caused some tension and calls for a need to separate PVP-focused players and roleplay-focused players.

Rust promotional image with the logo on top
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While it was originally released in 2013, Rust has experienced a surge in popularity thanks to the OTV server.

However, that’s not to say that there haven’t been plenty of iconic moments between streamers, as even though the game can get pretty violent, the vast range of streamer interactions has led to some great scenes for fans.

That was the case for Sykkuno fans when he managed to kill shroud, leaving everyone impressed with his skills.

While they were competing for the Oil Rig, Sykkuno managed to get shroud with his gun as he jumped, and it didn’t seem like shroud expected it at all, dying with a bewildered “no, Sykkuno!”

Sykkuno’s hand immediately flew to his mouth, laughing and apologizing for the abrupt kill.

Michael sounded equally as impressed as he did betrayed, after a few seconds of silence saying “Sykkuno you killed me, you’re amazing!” But the compliments didn’t end there, with Micheal adding, “you destroyed me!” and even “you’re the better gamer, man” to which Sykkuno replied, “no, no, most definitely not.”

Sykkuno has talked previously about how he’s a “humongous fan of shroud” in the past, so this interaction definitely proved to be a positive one for the rising streamer.

One fan on Twitter said, “Sykkuno downed shroud and even shroud is proud of him,” another saying “that Sykkuno/shroud friendly PVP was beautiful to watch… what in the wholesome rivalry.”

The PVP moment was definitely an entertaining one all round, and while the results were unexpected, no one was more impressed than shroud himself.