Nikki Haley expressed her frustration with Vivek Ramaswamy, a 38-year-old entrepreneur, during the second GOP presidential primary debate. Haley criticized Ramaswamy for being on TikTok, a Chinese video-sharing app known for its potential as an espionage tool. Ramaswamy is the only 2024 candidate to have joined TikTok and defended his presence on the platform as a way to reach young people. However, Haley argued that TikTok poses a significant security risk, allowing China access to personal information. The app has been banned in several countries, including the US, due to national security concerns. Despite the criticism, Ramaswamy argued that the Republican Party needs to reach young Americans where they are and win their support. The debate sparked a discussion about the app’s links to China and raised concerns about the protection of user data. Ramaswamy’s campaign believes it is crucial to engage the youth vote and dismisses Haley as a threat. Advertisements for TikTok aired during the debate, highlighting the positive experiences users have had on the platform.