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Trump's TikTok assault opens new front in tech war with China

Washington's moves underscore how quickly the concept of an internet decoupling is becoming a reality even as the world is still figuring out its consequences. Photo: Florence Lo/Reuters

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.

The Trump administration's threat to ban ByteDance's viral teen phenom 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, which Secretary of State Michael 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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