Trump rightly took action on TikTok, but we can’t stop there

News reports this past month made clear that the future of Chinese-owned app TikTok is set to change dramatically for users in the United States. People have grown rightfully suspicious of the app’s shady behavior, which includes collecting data from millions of users before sending it abroad. It also poses risks of influencing users’ feeds at the behest of Chinese operators. It could be used by the Chinese intelligence apparatus to target people for espionage, coercion, or data collection.

Whether Microsoft or another U.S. company purchases TikTok, the Trump administration’s executive order to restrict it is a welcome move and a distinct improvement over the status quo. But TikTok certainly won’t be the last app that answers to China
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