Why America is afraid of Tik Tok

Michael Schuman at The Atlantic:

Zhang yiming embodies what the United States wanted China to be. He is the founder and chief executive of a company, ByteDance, that owns a wildly popular social-media platform, TikTok. He is a serial entrepreneur, having built multiple apps and search engines. Zhang’s story is one not of a copycat or a cost-cutter—the tired stereotypes of the Chinese business owner—but of an innovator. For most of the past half century, one of Washington’s primary foreign-policy goals was to create more Zhangs.


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