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TikTok's Political Woes Are a Bad Sign for Chinese Tech Giants

The U.S., India and Australia have all expressed concerns over the app’s Beijing ties. 

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Hi all, it’s Zheping in Hong Kong. It’s not just TikTok that could be in trouble with the U.S. government. If the Trump administration follows through with its threats to block the video-sharing app, a long list of Chinese social media companies could be next.

TikTok has become a political lightning rod in recent weeks. President Trump has run ads promoting a ban on the app that's become central to many American teenagers' online lives, citing national security concerns. At the same time, TikTok faces inquiries from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department.