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Europe Resists TikTok Ban as U.S. Advances China Tech Crackdown

  • Germany, the U.K. and France have no plans to block the app
  • ByteDance plans for U.K. headquarters ‘a commercial decision’
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Europe’s three biggest economies have stopped short of banning TikTok after President Donald Trump threatened to outlaw the Chinese social media app, once again leaving the continent caught between two superpowers.

The U.K. and France have no plans to block the ByteDance Ltd. platform in their countries, spokespeople for the governments said. A German government official said the country has seen no signs that the app poses a security risk and has no plans to ban it. A spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that he hasn’t spoken to President Trump about the issue.