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Forced TikTok sale in US is compared to ‘robbery’ in China but ByteDance has few options, experts say
US President Donald Trump has threatened to put TikTok ‘out of business’ in the country if it is not sold by Sept 15. Chinese experts slam the move, but say TikTok’s Beijing-based parent company ByteDance has few other options.
In April this year, TikTok and its Chinese version Douyin surpassed two billion downloads globally. It has found itself in the crosshairs of authorities in recent months, with a ban on the app in India and the US also considering taking similar action.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is leading an inquiry into the Twitter hacking, according to sources familiar with the situation, as more Washington lawmakers raised alarms about the breach of high-profile accounts on the social media platform.
Yadeen Rashid was flying high in February. He’d just earned stellar grades in his latest semester at Virginia Tech university, where he’s in his third year double majoring in economics and political science. And he’d just landed a summer internship at a data analysis company.
Chinese diplomacy has found a new voice on Twitter – and it’s not entirely diplomatic.
A former Google executive running for US Senate called Jan 2 for tough regulation of tech titans, accusing the Internet giant of straying from its "don't be evil" path.
Beijing recommends right to control Internet and tech for ‘social stability’, and make cyberspace a branch of sovereignty. Growing influence could help it shape international cybersecurity rules alongside countries that favour free, open cyberspace.
Chinese take to social media to vent their anger over move to close accounts for allegedly spreading disinformation about Hong Kong protests. One post reads that ‘it is outside the firewall where freedom of speech is suppressed’.
Countries weigh risk of Beijing building back doors into European 5G networks but telecom firms urge restraint.
From Donald Trump’s election to Brexit and the Catalan crisis, accusations that the Kremlin is meddling in Western domestic affairs have heightened fears over Russian hackers, trolls and state-controlled media.