Concerns Raised Over Chinese-Owned Website Targeting Military Families

In a recent development, Florida Representative Matt Gaetz has brought attention to, an online educational platform suspected of having ties to the Chinese Communist Party.

This revelation has sparked concerns about the potential influence of foreign entities, particularly on military families accessing the website.

During a hearing of the Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems Subcommittee, Gaetz expressed astonishment upon learning that, a popular resource for students, including those from military families, could serve as a conduit for Chinese propaganda.

He highlighted the ownership structure of, pointing out its ties to Chinese nationalists through an American subsidiary.

Gaetz’s concerns were echoed by Gen. Timothy Haugh, the commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, whom Gaetz informed about the alleged connections of during the hearing.

Haugh assured Gaetz of a thorough investigation into the matter to ascertain any potential security risks posed by the website., in response to these allegations, has asserted its commitment to safeguarding customer data and undergoing stringent federal reviews to ensure compliance with data protection regulations.

However, Gaetz cited a letter from Florida Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr., cautioning against contracting with companies associated with foreign countries, especially China.

Despite the warning issued by Diaz, the Defense Department continued to grant access to for military families, prompting further scrutiny into the website’s operations.

Concerns Raised Over Chinese-Owned Website Targeting Military Families

Haugh emphasized the importance of ensuring that partnerships with entities like do not compromise national security interests or expose military families to undue foreign influence.

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The investigation initiated by Haugh’s agency seeks to delve deeper into’s ownership structure, operational practices, and potential vulnerabilities that could jeopardize the security and privacy of users, particularly those within the military community.

It underscores the broader concerns surrounding foreign influence in online educational platforms and the imperative of maintaining vigilance to safeguard national interests.

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