Global Impact newsletter: TikTok’s clock is ticking in the US
- Global Impact is a fortnightly curated newsletter featuring a news topic originating in China with a significant macro impact for our newsreaders around the world
- In the ninth edition we will be looking at the Trump administration’s efforts to clamp down on Chinese-controlled apps on national security grounds
But even before the Tulsa rally focused a spotlight on the power of the app and its Generation Z user base, TikTok was a big deal, as this story explains. The company says it has over 100 million users in the US, 60 per cent of whom are between the ages of 18 and 24, who love to share dance moves, stupid pet tricks and comedy, and increasingly, more serious topics.
That set off a bidding war for TikTok’s US operations that reads like a spy novel.
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The deal’s future remains in limbo as of this writing.
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- TikTok is famous for its AI-powered recommendation system, which feeds curated content to users based on their interests
- The US market is a bellwether for others, with user habits there followed in other countries
ByteDance has been forced into a corner by the Trump administration, which now says it must sell the US version of its global short video hit TikTok within 90 days if the app wants to stay in business – and there is much at stake.
Analysts say not only is the US market a bellwether for the Chinese internet company’s global ambitions, pulling off a sale is easier said than done due to a complex array of legal and technical obstacles.
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As US broadens TikTok battle, tech firms such as WeChat and Zoom might have to pick sides
- The Trump administration is making concerted efforts to hamstring all tech firms associated with China for fear they could divert American data to Beijing
- Forcing ByteDance’s short-video app out of the US market could set a painful precedent for other Chinese technology companies
As the Trump administration tries to force Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok to sell its US business, other tech companies associated with China may be forced to choose sides.
US President Donald Trump said on Monday that he was setting a 45-day deadline for ByteDance to sell TikTok to an American owner such as Microsoft before he bans the app from the US. Beijing decried the move, accusing the US of “hypocrisy”, and a state media editorial has likened it to “forcibly taking the child out of ByteDance’s arms”.
Pompeo urges US app stores to remove ‘untrusted’ Chinese-owned apps
- The call, aimed at Apple and Google, to remove the apps marks a new prong in the administration’s expanded ‘clean network’ campaign
- Pompeo offered few details on how such efforts will be carried out, and gave no indication that the guidance was in any way binding
Washington’s top diplomat urged US app stores to remove “untrusted” Chinese-owned apps – including TikTok and messaging app WeChat – on Wednesday, amid escalating efforts by the Trump administration to counter the reach of Chinese-made technology in the United States.
Global Impact is a fortnightly curated newsletter featuring a news topic originating in China with a significant macro impact for our newsreaders around the world.