By going after TikTok, the U.S. is expanding a fight against Beijing using Chinese-style restrictions on tech companies in a move that could potentially have enormous ramifications for the world’s biggest economies.
Washington’s threat to ban ByteDance Ltd.’s video app and other Chinese-owned apps could significantly hamper their access to global user data, which is an immensely valuable resource in a modern internet economy. Any U.S. decision on a wider restriction, which U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said would come “shortly,” is likely to be followed by a similar pressure campaign that prompted some allies to ban Huawei Technologies Co. from 5G networks.
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