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Trump’s TikTok and WeChat Edicts Are Straight Out of China’s Playbook

Josephine Wolff writes about the data and network security implications of Trump's ByteDance ban, via an op-ed in The New York Times.

The one thing my students all invariably know about China is that you can’t use Facebook there, or YouTube or Google. For at least a decade, China has maintained strict control over the internet and aggressively blocked foreign tech platforms within its borders.

So when President Trump issued two executive orders Thursday night that all but ban two Chinese social media networks — the video app TikTok and the messaging app WeChat — from operating in the United States, citing national security concerns, the decision seemed straight out of China’s own playbook.

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