TikTok may be banned in India, but this ByteDance app is having a moment there

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Resso, a music streaming service owned by TikTok parent ByteDance, is thriving in India, despite a ban on China-owned apps. TikTok was among dozens of China-linked apps that were banned in India last month over what the government said were national security concerns. The wildly popular short-video service—owned by China’s ByteDance—has faced increased scrutiny over its data-collection practices, although TikTok has said it does not share user data with the Chinese government. India’s move, which followed a fatal clash between the two countries on a disputed border, was notable in scale, affecting some 59 mobile apps and severing TikTok from one of its largest markets. Read Full Story

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Why is TikTok getting banned? Here’s the latest update as the U.S. mulls app shutdown

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Geopolitics has a massive role to play. Both India and the U.S. have incentives to stick it to China any way they can right now–including Chinese owned businesses. It hasn’t been a good few weeks for TikTok, the Chinese-owned app that has been the world’s hottest social media platform for the past few years. It currently has over 2 billion users. Despite its mass appeal, the app is coming under increasing scrutiny from powerful governments–which could spell disaster for TikTok’s future. Read Full Story

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Who wins if TikTok gets banned? These alternatives exploded in India

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After India banned TikTok along with 58 other apps late last month, first-time installs of alternative video apps grew by a collective 155% in the country. As American officials continue to weigh a ban on TikTok and other Chinese apps, new data from a country that has already taken such a broad-based action offers clues as to which services might benefit from a TikTok-free world. Read Full Story

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What will happen to TikTok? The Chinese tech giants’ growth playbook holds clues

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The way the Chinese tech titans supercharge their growth reveals how Bytedance and Tencent might maneuver around Trump’s bans of TikTok and WeChat. Donald Trump’s executive orders to block TikTok and WeChat from the U.S. market have set off legal battles and debates over the openness of the internet . But how will these apps’ Chinese parent companies, which have grown rapidly behind a walled garden for many years, maneuver around the bans now that the U.S. government is taking a leaf out of China’s playbook? Read Full Story

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Ban TikTok in the U.S.? 44% of Republicans would be fine with that

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But almost a third of America is still undecided about a TikTok ban, which means the majority could still go either way. July has been a rocky month so far for TikTok, the social media app that’s taken the world by storm in the last few years. The reason things have been so bad for TikTok lately is that the U.S. appears to be seriously considering a ban on the app. Such a ban is threatening to come just weeks after India’s government banned the app in that country. Read Full Story

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‘We simply have no choice’: Desperate to avoid a ban, TikTok sues the Trump administration

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The Trump administration has sought to ban the Chinese-owned company or force the sale of its US operations. TikTok is suing the Trump administration over an executive order seeking to ban the Chinese-owned video platform in the United States, saying in a blog post that it is unconstitutionally being denied due process even as it has sought to work with the federal government. Read Full Story

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The U.S. has lots to lose and little to gain from banning TikTok and WeChat

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Instead of banning them outright, the Trump administration should instead enact a sweeping privacy law, which would protect Americans’ data. The Trump administration’s recently announced bans on Chinese-owned social media platforms TikTok and WeChat could have unintended consequences. The orders bar the apps from doing business in the U.S. or with U.S. persons or businesses after September 20 and require divestiture of TikTok by November 12. Read Full Story

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