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TikTok ban extension of US economic, political assaults

2020-08-03 09:43:02       source:Global Times

August 2, 2020

Following a string of acts against Chinese companies ranging from Huawei to those listed on US stock exchanges, the Trump administration is now targeting TikTok, the short-form video app owned by a Beijing-based tech company, saying that they would ban its operations in the US. 

The move, which Chinese experts say reflects the US' desperate crackdown on Chinese tech giants by using whatever excuse they can find, is nevertheless triggering outrage and panic among US users who have become quite addicted to the app. 

US President Donald Trump said on Friday that he would sign an executive order as soon as Saturday to ban TikTok in the US, claiming that the video-sharing app under its Chinese parent company, the Beijing-based ByteDance, would pose a national security risk to the US because of the personal data it handles. 

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