54 comments

  • billfruit 1 day ago

    As someone from the third world this leaves a very bad feeling if it happens. I do expect it runs into legal hurdles before that.

    Neither Apple nor Google have found TikTok problematic enough to delist them from their app stores. Neither is there charges that TikTok may have broken US laws.

    Banning something which hasn't broken US laws, on arbitrary grounds shouldn't be possible.

    The President shouldn't have authority to ban anything at all let alone an app available through privately operated app stores.

    Also dictating which apps an individual can install/not install shouldn't be the job of the Federal Government.

    All indication is that the president does not have authority to execute an outright ban of the thing.

    Also what alarms me the veil of secrecy on the procedings. The proceeding of the CFIUS should be made public in this regard.

    At this point US is seemingly acting like a dictatorship with very less transparency.

    Policies and decisions should be debated and argued before they are executed, not merely justified after the fact. That's what US and a few oher democracies have turned to doing in recent years.

    Ultimately I feel that it is US who has been more to blame (contrary to much of Western media coverage) for the deteriorating US-China relationship, and drumming up the chorus for a new coldwar. Chinese policy seems to have not significantly changed in the last 5 years towards the US, but on the other hand US seemed ever more keen and eger to pursue a hostile attitude towards China.

    With the pandemic and with genral economic malice affecting much of the world, I don't think a path of increasing hostility and conflict is what the world needs.

    • albacur 1 day ago

      > Chinese policy seems to have not significantly changed in the last 5 years towards the US, but on the other hand US seemed ever more keen and eger to pursue a hostile attitude towards China.

      For decades, China has blocked U.S. companies from fair competition, reneged on trade deals when it suits them, backed out of industrial partnerships after extracting the IP it deems useful, and generally been a bad trade partner.

      I agree that the president shouldn't have authority to arbitrarily block a product or company (and ultimately he doesn't, he'll need broader support among elected officials), but it's absurd to suggest that the U.S. should blindly accept hostile behavior for decades on end without reacting, or else itself be labeled "hostile."

      • hajile 1 day ago

        Look over the US bills for 2020. The only ones passing both Democrat House and Republican Senate are either coronavirus or China. The level of concern is so big that the Democrats basically did a rather public 180 on China during an important election year.

        As far as the company, the President seems fully allowed to place restrictions on companies as foreign policy. If you're talking about the "American" part, it is owned by foreign entities, so the case still seems pretty good. Chinese spying on US citizens on US soil is definitely a foreign policy issue.

        Obama's administration was known to walk up to companies with a rubber-stamped order to do whatever (usually spying on US citizens) and the place a gag order on the company so they couldn't even tell their users what was happening to them. If that was never challenged, I doubt this would be as preventing spying is certainly more moral than doing the spying.

        • wildrhythms 1 day ago

          The rationale in your comment is unconvincing to me. If Tiktok is breaking the law, that should come to light and be actioned like any other company breaking the law; likewise TOS violations on respective app stores. I haven't seen any reports to suggest that Tiktok is breaking U.S. law, have you? And if the rationale is, as you suggested, a retaliation against 'bad behavior for decades', what precedent would banning Tiktok set for other non-U.S. owned apps and services?

          • albacur 1 day ago

            My comment wasn't specific to TikTok, but rather OP's assertion that the U.S. is a hostile actor, whereas China is just being China.

            Regarding TikTok, foreign-owned companies must follow U.S. laws, which are subject to due process. Additionally, they must not pose an imminent threat to national security. For better or worse, the government tends to be tight-lipped about matters of national security and isn't compelled to divulge details to the public. Normally, this is acceptable because we trust our government to act responsibility and in our best interest. Is TikTok a legitimate threat to security? I don't know, and with Trump's tendency to make everything look like a publicity stunt, my trust in the government to use its power responsibly is not very high.

            • vertis 1 day ago

              The US is not really better for those of us that are not US citizens though. Yes, in theory, US stands for freedom and democracy, but any protections are protections for US citizens, not for Australian or EU citizens.

              So from a purely rights and spying perspective having the app be a US app vs a China app makes little difference to me (not that I'm young enough to be a TikTok user anyway).

              As soon as you add 'national security' clauses and hide everything away, you don't really have due process any more. You have two paths. The public one, and the one where it's possible to assert (possibly falsely) that it's a matter of national security.

              • glaive123 22 hours ago

                Apparently you are not aware of China’s 2017 National Intelligence Law, which requires that “Any organization or citizen shall support, assist and cooperate with the state intelligence work in accordance with the law.” Unlike American companies who receive requests from the U.S. government, ByteDance simply has no recourse when faced with orders from China’s authoritarian government.

                • ptx 17 hours ago

                  US companies similarly have to comply with secret orders[1] from the US government, so I agree with the parent that it looks pretty much the same from the perspective of us foreigners.

                  [1] https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_security_letter

                  • glaive123 16 hours ago

                    What you have shown is in no way, by any stretch of the imagination, close or equivalent. It is not even close, by a country mile.

                    Taken from the article you shared:

                    "By law, NSLs can request only non-content information, for example, transactional records and phone numbers dialed, but never the content of telephone calls or e-mails."

                    "Moreover, a recipient of the NSL may still challenge the nondisclosure provision in federal court."

                    • alasdair_ 7 hours ago

                      An NSL often includes a prohibition against even telling a companies own counsel that the NSL was served and for many years the FBI didn’t tell people this was even possible to challenge (until a 2008 appellate court ruling). Even after that point, barely one in fifty thousand letters even get to the point of a court hearing. It’s de factor quite similar.

                      In addition, the legal challenge usually happens AFTER the letter is complied with, which makes it moot.

                      These letters can, and do, end up causing companies to fold (e.g. lavabit) if they refuse to comply.

                      Like many other national security issues (such as FISA court rubber stamps) there are theoretical checks and balances that do not tend to do much checking or balancing in practice.

                      • ptx 15 hours ago

                        That the company may eventually be allowed to tell us after they fact that they surrendered out data to the US government is not much of a comfort.

                        In any case, I'm not sure that any of the protections apply to foreigners (the criticism is all about how they might accidentally target Americans) so for those who are neither Chinese nor American citizens, it makes no difference. I would be happy to be completely wrong about this if you have information about how foreign citizens' rights are protected from US intelligence gathering.

                        The NSLs were merely meant as an example to show how US companies can also be compelled to assist in their government's intelligence gathering. You're right that they can (in theory?) challenge the secrecy part specifically.

                        • glaive123 15 hours ago

                          > That the company may eventually be allowed to tell us after they fact that they surrendered out data to the US government is not much of a comfort.

                          Did you read my comment?

                          The request can be fought in court, and the request does not give them access to actual contents. For example, they can NOT get the contents of an email.

                          Are you not aware that Apple has beaten the FBI several times in court and did not have to unlock an iPhone?

                          > In any case, I'm not sure that any of the protections apply to foreigners

                          This has nothing to do with citizens or foreigners. This is about companies. US Companies do not need to comply with US Government requests for information, Chinese companies MUST comply with ALL government requests to ALL information.

                          • ptx 15 hours ago

                            I did read your comment, where you pointed out that companies can challenge the nondisclosure provision. It doesn't say anything about challenging the order itself.

                            Edit: Also, regarding companies/citizens/foreigners, this is the NSA program under which it collects data from American companies and promises to only use it to spy on foreigners: "PRISM is a code name for a program under which the United States National Security Agency (NSA) collects internet communications from various U.S. internet companies ... U.S. government officials have ... defended the program, asserting that it cannot be used on domestic targets without a warrant"[1]

                            [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PRISM_(surveillance_program)

                            • alasdair_ 7 hours ago

                              >Are you not aware that Apple has beaten the FBI several times in court and did not have to unlock an iPhone

                              This is not quite what happened. In the most famous cases, the FBI wanted (effectively) for Apple to build them a back donor that they could use as they wished. Apple argued that while it was legal for the government to demand information with a warrant, it was not legal to force programmers to write code for the FBI under threat of legal action.

                              Moreover the case was dismissed after the FBI admitted they could already access the phone in question, having purchased an exploit for it from a vendor.

                  • publicola1990 1 day ago

                    That additional specious condition on threat to national security is what is problematic.

                    1. Expert opinion seems to be that the perceived threats indicated in the case of TikTok are vague and over hyped, and there is no concrete evidence produced.

                    2.Federal Government may not have sufficient authority to promulgate such a ban, even on grounds of national security. May be possible to squeeze out the cash flow of the company through trade restrictions, may be able to mandate that this app cannot be used by federal employees while on duty, may be even possible to disallow their usage on federal government premises, but it cannot ask Apple and Google to take an app down from the app stores.

                    3. If that is the case then we are moving into a government-licencing regime in the US, effectively. That is, you can have your app distributed only if you have the necessary license/authorization from fed government which can be revoked at any moment. I don't think that is the right direction. So to have such special powers for ostensibly national security purposes is undesirable and detrimental to the very system that US is claiming to champion.

                    The whole episode is wrapped up in a frenzy of reactionary whipped up paranoia that is reaching an alarming cacophony considering the commentary here.

                    This is obviously a nuanced matter, and needs to be approached as such, not with a coldwar-era Hollywood Manichaeian dualism.

                    • jewelry 1 day ago

                      Cannot believe the president has the power without legal battle to ban business activity. If it's national security, let out the cat. Otherwise how could people believe if this won't happen to SAP, Volkswagon, Sony next time.

                      • albacur 1 day ago

                        It's not clear that he actually has this power. He's known to misstate things.

                        Also, according to the Supreme Court, SAP, Volkswagen, and Sony are entitled to due process under our Constitution. Courts make a distinction between (1) public or privately-owned enterprises, (2) state-owned enterprises that function independently of the state, and (3) state-owned enterprises that function as the alter ego of the foreign state.

                        Companies in the first two categories are entitled to due process under the U.S. Constitution. When it comes to China, there is a blurry line between companies and the CCP, so it's not clear where they fall here.

                        • There really is no guarantee these things won’t happen to those companies - just like how there is no guarantee that CCP won’t have HKers or Uighurs or Tibet. You just have to be mindful of the authority of nations and hope you don’t get unlucky.

                          This one of the better/saner things this administration has done, if anything, these should have been accelerated to avoid another USSR style Cold War with China.

                          • albacur 1 day ago

                            There actually is a guarantee by the Supreme Court that SAP, Volkswagen, and Sony are entitled to due process, because they are independent entities that don't operate as extensions of a foreign government.

                            The same is might be true of ByteDance as well. It's not actually clear that Trump has the authority to ban TikTok. It could just be more bluster.

                          • Alupis 19 hours ago

                            > Cannot believe the president has the power without legal battle to ban business activity.

                            I didn't think State Governor's could ban legitimate business activity until very recently either.

                            • jquery 17 hours ago

                              I don’t know why you’re being downvoted. It’s absolutely a parallel to TikTok. I don’t know why TikTok is getting so much sympathy.

                        • shrimpx 1 day ago

                          It’s not about laws, it’s geopolitics.

                          • ddevault 1 day ago

                            I haven't decided how I feel about the TikTok debate yet, but just to offer a better rationalization: foreign relations is the President's domain. Apps are one way that a country projects its soft power, and as such this might be applicable.

                            If TikTok was not a foreign-owned app, I don't think that Trump would have a leg to stand on, but because it is, I'm not entirely certain he doesn't.

                            • ksec 10 hours ago

                              I am reading a lot of comment that assumes Free Trading on the Internet. ( And to an extend that may be true )

                              I am guessing everyone working in the Software and Internet Industry are so used to Absolute Free Trading, where you could have someone using your SaaS from any parts of the world, with Discovery And Distribution Channel infrastructure in the whole world half sorted out. No one realise Importing and Exporting of real products and services have gazillions of restrictions.

                              US can stop the import and export of certain products or services from certain countries on any grounds, due to protection ideal ( These deals has always been in place ) Whether that is Food, Steel, Raw Materials or even Services. Using either Standards, Safety Policy, Tariff or other means necessary, or in other words, excuses. The same is true to EU, and especially China, who has been playing this game may be better than anyone.

                              That would be akin to US ( or in fact any countries ) working in China are required set up a Chinese JV. ( You can read up on what is happening to ARM China CEO ). So this is a policy change not a change of law. And even that is not entirely true, because under the current policy there are different rules to State Companies, and Chinese company can no longer prove they are not a state company. ( May be that is the part they break the law )

                              And in case someone ask why you have one specific set of policy for China? I would have answered would you expect to have the same policy for everyone including North Korea?

                              I view this as a trade issues, and China are no longer welcome to trade with US in many front, including its internet services. And in all fairness no one should be blaming US about it.

                            • Thorrez 1 day ago

                              > but it's absurd to suggest that the U.S. should blindly accept hostile behavior for decades on end without reacting, or else itself be labeled "hostile."

                              That's not absurd at all. Just because your enemy behaves badly doesn't make it acceptable for you to behave badly.

                              • albacur 1 day ago

                                It makes it acceptable to defend yourself. If you want claim the president shouldn't have sole authority to ban foreign companies or products, that's fair. And I don't know that he actually has that power, it could all be bluster. I mean, he also said he would make Mexico pay for a border wall.

                                • tguedes 19 hours ago

                                  This is geopolitics, not grade school.

                                • c3534l 1 day ago

                                  I'm sorry, but "we're merely acting as bad as the Chinese government here" does not seem like a very convincing argument.

                                  • speleding 23 hours ago

                                    The US left the moral high ground some time ago. (About 4 years ago)

                                    • Alupis 19 hours ago

                                      This line of thinking is absurd.

                                      Where are the US's death and labor camps? Global IP theft apparatus? Religious persecutions? Actual territorial expansion?

                                      Oh, but we have a leader that says mean things. Totally on par with China.

                                      • speleding 18 hours ago

                                        The reasoning you display here, "we're not as bad as China", is exactly what I meant with the "USA has left the moral high ground". There was a time when they aimed to lead by example.

                                        • mistermann 18 hours ago

                                          > This line of thinking is absurd.

                                          It seems there is a kind of "conceptualization mode" that different people operate in when evaluating a scenario. If you consider this situation as a binary rather than a spectrum, then the respective behaviours do seem the same. Similarly, the same thing can even happen when two people are both looking from a spectrum-based perspective, but have differing levels of detail (number of included variables) in their spectrum.

                                          If something like this is indeed in play, then it's not surprising how two different people can come to diametrically opposed conclusions, yet both have extremely high certainty that their conclusion is objectively correct...because they are (or at least plausibly can be) both "right", from the specific perspective each person is operating in.

                                        • shigawire 21 hours ago

                                          Might be a bit longer ago than that.

                                      • billfruit 1 day ago

                                        Not just broader support among elected officials, but it needs to be in line with the constitution too. Even with full on bi-partisan majority and popular support, unconstitutional measures cannot be executed by the Federal Government.

                                        • barry-cotter 1 day ago

                                          > Even with full on bi-partisan majority and popular support, unconstitutional measures cannot be executed by the Federal Government.

                                          And the fact that the US Constitution only allows the Federal Government to regulate interstate commerce is why Wickard v. Filburn was decided for Filburn. Growing wheat to feed your own pigs is obviously not interstate commerce so the Feds can’t tell you what to do.

                                          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wickard_v._Filburn

                                          Obviously that’s not what actually happened. Equally obviously the constitution constrains the government exactly as much as it wishes to be constrained.

                                          • learc83 1 day ago

                                            Well Congress can definitely ban foreign owned companies from operating in the US under at least 2 sections of the constitution that I can think of.

                                            And Congress has delegated part of that power to the President.

                                            • albacur 1 day ago

                                              The Constitution applies to independent foreign enterprises and state-owned enterprises that aren't under direct control of the state.

                                              The Constitution does not apply if a foreign government "exerts sufficient control over [the enterprise] to make it an agent of the State." I don't know if it can be argued that ByteDance falls in this category, but there have been many allegations that the company works closely with the CCP to provide surveillance and disseminate propaganda on Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok.

                                            • dehrmann 17 hours ago

                                              For all of the issues with Trump, he was right to point out the plight of post-manufacturing working class Americans, the rise of North Korea as a nuclear power, and problems with the US-China relationship.

                                              He just handled all these issues poorly. He really only helped the rust belt by getting a handful of token factories to not close. Nothing really came of his meeting with Kim, and tensions have even escalated slightly. On the China front, he started a trade war with China and worked on some technology bans (both questionably helpful), and at the same time withdrew from the TPP, started trade disputes with strong allies, and weakened NATO. Coordinated response and strong western alliances would have been far more effective, but he did neither.

                                              • xwolfi 16 hours ago

                                                While I agree with you a little, we have to admit the failure of american and "developed" nations industries isn't just due to generosity from their parts towards China.

                                                China competed, made the sacrifices necessary to get it running at low cost and acceptable quality, and not us. Our factory workers can't compete at that price, can't bear the same struggle and can't do it on the scale of the chinese workers. We like to picture them as powerless ants in a crushing machine, but it's not so black and white for sure.

                                                Get the factories back and you lose competitiveness and it's higher level Chinese service companies who will start designing products and replacing americans. It's a trap, and it's already showing signs it's working. I love my Huawei phone and it got me used not to have a google account. Something I could not imagine a year ago.

                                              • quotemstr 1 day ago

                                                The problem here isn't TikTok being banned. I couldn't care less about TikTok. The problem here is singling out an individual entity for punishment outside an established framework of laws just because we don't like it. You can be tough on China without becoming China.

                                                Nobody is suggesting that China's trade policy go unchallenged. What I do want is a policy including evidence, recourse, and the possibility of compliance. I have seen no explanation whatsoever of why TikTok is so urgently terrible that we can't deal with whatever it is that the company is doing using rules --- and this strange silence is coming from people ordinarily keen on that old "government of laws, not men" principle. Everything is weird these days.

                                                • realusername 1 day ago

                                                  > The problem here isn't TikTok being banned. I couldn't care less about TikTok. The problem here is singling out an individual entity for punishment outside an established framework of laws just because we don't like it. You can be tough on China without becoming China.

                                                  Even without talking about morality or Chinese laws, TikTok could just be banned as trade retaliation. It's very common outside of tech, if a country closes down their market, they generally face retaliation on their foreign markets.

                                                  But yes I do agree with you on that, it should be done using an official retaliation policy, not just tweeted by the US president...

                                                  • mike00632 4 hours ago

                                                    Trade retaliation is generally executed on commodities that are already unfairly subsidized by the opposing nation. I'm thinking of disputes over tires, steel, pork, beef, corn. Banning a service company that seems to have done nothing wrong as a means of tit-for-tat retaliation is different.

                                                  • hhsuey 1 day ago

                                                    > You can be tough on China without becoming China.

                                                    Honest question. Do you know how this could be done? I'm not too familiar with foreign affairs.

                                                    • faizanbhat 1 day ago

                                                      The U.S. has many tactics at its disposal:

                                                      1. Sanctioning bad actors: Placing wide ranging economic sanctions on bad actors is a potent tool but it can backfire. U.S can penalize any company that does business with sanctioned individuals. In the case of China, applying sanctions on party members would make it virtually impossible for them to transfer their wealth overseas via global banks, property markets, investment vehicles, etc. This ratchets up the pressure on the Chinese government as it immediately and adversely affects the interests of China’s powerful elite. The downside of this approach is that China is likely to retaliate against U.S. economic interests within China. It’s a large market coveted by many U.S. companies, so there is likely to be political blowback, which makes this unlikely to happen.

                                                      2. Diplomatic pressure to isolate China: China cares deeply about how it’s perceived on the world stage. We rarely hear strong international condemnation of China’s social, political or economic policies. This is partly due to the China’s success in using their economic power to strengthen their global standing. Much has been written about China’s debt diplomacy, for example. China now plays an outsized role in organizations like the WHO and various UN bodies. It’s even a member of the UN human rights council. The U.S. on the other hand has been withdrawing from these bodies, effectively ceding the stage to China. The U.S could apply pressure on China by once again assuming its leadership position within these bodies, and working with allies to counter Chinese influence and condemn China’s internal and external policies. China has no effective response to this tactic and it’s therefore one that they are particularly concerned about IMO.

                                                      3. Stronger military and economic alliances with Taiwan, India, Japan and Australia would create a counter balance to rising Chinese dominance in the region.

                                                      4. The U.S can also take steps to prevent knowledge transfer to China by limiting foreign student intake, or preventing research collaboration with Chinese universities.

                                                      • elisharobinson 19 hours ago

                                                        these dont have any standard precedent for application in terms of tech and tech related fields , where geographic boundaries do not apply. china has had a free ride now i guess it has to pay , also the same could be said about china banning free speech and tech companies from other countries , i guess you will have no problem with that.

                                                      • > You can be tough on China without becoming China.

                                                        Sovereign nations have always reserved the right to decide what is allowed on their shores. That they disallow an entity from operating on their shores does not mean that they have "become China".

                                                        • ClumsyPilot 1 day ago

                                                          You are conflating rule of law and sovereignty.

                                                          • elSidCampeador 7 hours ago

                                                            The rule of law exists because of a country's sovereignty. Sometimes, the two must be conflated.

                                                            • benchen70 1 day ago

                                                              China can do whatever it wants, US can do whatever it wants. Whatever a country wants to do has nothing to do with how it governed, law or not. Law is a set of communally mutually agreed upon rules, so a society can function. However, the key is the word "communal", as in - which community is agreeing upon this law. China can complain that the new laws in the US is illegitimate, but the laws are made by Americans for Americans. Of course the law is not going to extend outside US, for example, they do not dictate what some Canadian company operating in Canada can do. But, in the US, these laws are there for Americans, for American soil, under the territory that the US government formally rules over. Of course, the US makes these rules, because it is its sovereign right to do so. China has no authority over how or why this law is made. Just like the US has no authority to say how Chinese government creates laws.

                                                              But then again, China likes to say “Do not interfere in our internal matters”; the US can say the same thing.

                                                      • cma 1 day ago

                                                        Sounds exactly like how the US developed:

                                                        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Slater

                                                        Otherwise we would be trading beaver pelts and providing cheap labor.

                                                        Trump is banning TikTok because a bunch of teens pranked his rally using the platform.

                                                        • apatters 1 day ago

                                                          It's exactly how South Korea and many other countries developed (and continue to develop) as well.

                                                          The difference here is that China is positioning itself as a political rival to the United States. America is under no obligation to help its rivals develop.

                                                          Prior to Xi Jinping's belligerent foreign poljcy America was considerably more welcoming to Chinese companies. You reap what you sow.

                                                          • ptx 17 hours ago

                                                            > America is under no obligation to help its rivals develop.

                                                            Right. As long as we acknowledge that this is what's going on, so the rest of the world can feel free to just laugh at the US the next time they claim some grandiose moral high ground in their petty squabble to keep their rival down.

                                                            • Mekantis 15 hours ago

                                                              It's not just the US at risk here. I feel like nobody here pays attention to what China does. Look at all the tensions between China and... Literally nearly every country around them. This isn't a US-only problem.

                                                              • boring_twenties 12 hours ago

                                                                You think liberal democracy (however imperfect) vs. aggressive totalitarianism is merely a "petty squabble?"

                                                            • praveenperera 19 hours ago

                                                              That’s why India banned them too right? They just love Trump so much?

                                                            • dirtyid 1 day ago

                                                              The ongoing deterrence hole when it comes to US-China relations in variety of domains has been acknowledged by China watchers consistently in the past 10 years.

                                                              The issue is whether current admins' China-hawks tough on China approach is smart and good for long-term US interests or merely counterproductive electioneering / domestic distraction which is... characteristic of behavior when it comes to managing other foreign relations so far. Nvm US has been quietly undermining China with Asia pivot for 10 years - many people are consumed by Trump/Pompeo and previously Bolton/Banning grievance politics because publicly clapping back feels good. Same ppl have no problem recognizing US foreign policy everywhere has been catastrophic for US interests in the last 4 years, but go full smooth brain cheering leading mode because it's China. Like holy shit, it's Pompeo. Folks can pretend/hope broken clock is right twice a day or realize people with bad history of foreign policy is maybe just bad at foreign policy. These are individuals who have no problem shaping America into the enemy it wants to fight.

                                                            • seanmcdirmid 1 day ago

                                                              Not that it justifies our behavior, but I can’t help but cringe a bit when considering how China locks American companies out of its market but expects better access for Chinese companies in the American market. America-Chinese relations started going downhill in 2009 when China thought it prudent to start blocking most Americans services, America just took a decade to follow up with similar bad behavior.

                                                              • brightball 1 day ago

                                                                Agreed completely. The degree of pressure that China applies outside of software is also very unsettling. The latest episode with the NBA allowing players to promote social causes on their uniforms for example...unless you’re supporting Hong Kong or Taiwan. It’s appalling.

                                                                • pm90 1 day ago

                                                                  America applies diplomatic pressure too, for the things it finds important. This is how international politics work.

                                                                  • sidlls 1 day ago

                                                                    There’s diplomatic pressure and then there’s egregious crackdowns in service of totalitarianism.

                                                                • billfruit 1 day ago

                                                                  Really this move seems nothing related at all to US companies not having sufficient access to China. If then why this 10 year gap from action to reaction. Many here seems to take this particular view of this move being a retaliation of some sort, but I feel that is a naive view of what US is doing here and how it will be perceived around the world.

                                                                  Put in specific data protection/privacy laws and regulations applicable to all players, not hound a single company without being able to prove any wrong doing in their part, or offering them a fair, due process.. it seems all arbitrary, discriminatory.. wrong in principle.. yet seems to cheered on by some, merely because it gives a semblance of going one up over a perceived adversary.

                                                                  Retaliation or not, it is essentially arbitrary act, insufficiently justified in an open society.

                                                                  International politics being driven with the ethos of a school playground.

                                                                  • the8472 1 day ago

                                                                    > If then why this 10 year gap from action to reaction.

                                                                    Perhaps due to a change in administration to one that is willing to engage in retaliation because globalisation is less popular with its voter base.

                                                                    > Put in specific data protection/privacy laws and regulations applicable to all players, not hound a single company without being able to prove any wrong doing in their part,

                                                                    The argument here is that china's protectionist trade practices should normally be addressed through the WTO but that was seen as ineffective because any compliance efforts were in name only.

                                                                    TPP might have addressed some of this, but that was also dropped due to public opinion.

                                                                    • dasudasu 1 day ago

                                                                      China was never part of the TPP. But any treaty or international norm has and will be disregarded if it has any downside to them. Their own domestic laws are only selectively enforced.

                                                                      • javagram 1 day ago

                                                                        TPP was created to counterweight China’s influence by increasing commercial ties between other Southeast and East Asian nations and the USA/Canada.

                                                                    • manfredo 1 day ago

                                                                      Politics moves slowly. 10 years is barely more than 1 presidency.

                                                                      China bans Facebook despite the company offering to comply with censorship/propaganda rules (and Zuckerberg even offering Xi to name his child). The ban is unambiguously due to strategic concerns over a foreign company having access to user data. The change in US policy towards Chinese apps is not retaliation, it's just the US coming to the same conclusion as China that letting rivals foreign powers control media companies is unwise.

                                                                      • wadkar 1 day ago

                                                                        > The ban is unambiguously due to strategic concerns over a foreign company having access to user data

                                                                        So Europe/India/everyone else should ban US apps? It becomes a slippery slope.

                                                                        > the US coming to the same conclusion as China that letting rivals foreign powers control media companies is unwise.

                                                                        If you’re worried about a foreign company manipulating media then put in laws and regulations. That way American companies can be hold accountable to the same standards by other countries as non-American companies and creating a level playing field.

                                                                        • khuey 1 day ago

                                                                          If Europe is concerned that the US is a threat to its collective security they might want to start with getting rid of all our military bases and alliances before worrying about comparatively trivial matters like apps.

                                                                          • ClumsyPilot 1 day ago

                                                                            These media platforms are unaccountable, they sway electrions, enabled breaches of electoral law in UK referendum, spread popularity of Nazism, etc.

                                                                            On the other hand i am not aware of any major damage caused by 10K or so troops stationed here or there.

                                                                          • manfredo 1 day ago

                                                                            > So Europe/India/everyone else should ban US apps? It becomes a slippery slope.

                                                                            Are Europe and India concerned by a US company controls popular social media companies? Evidently not enough to ban them, and if in the future if they are then that's their prerogative.

                                                                            > If you’re worried about a foreign company manipulating media then put in laws and regulations.

                                                                            They did: The US put laws in place that allows the executive to block commerce when it is deemed a strategic threat. And now those laws are being exercised against a media company controlled by a geopolitical rival.

                                                                          • ClumsyPilot 1 day ago

                                                                            >> "Zuckerberg even offering Xi to name his child"

                                                                            Seems like this idiotic move did not win him any favours. Maybe for once they made the right call.

                                                                            • justicezyx 1 day ago

                                                                              I don't think FB agree to comply the China's Internet data law.

                                                                              There were negotiation and Zuck showed the flexibility of a seasoned political acting genius (I am sure he will regret this segment in his life eventually). But there were never fully public conformation that FB intends to bend over the law in China.

                                                                              Please provide a link.

                                                                              If GB indeed plan to comply the law, then I can assure anyone that Zuck intends to use it's business empire to advance his political ambition. That probably would be worse than Hitler's ascension...

                                                                            • benchen70 1 day ago

                                                                              China can do whatever it wants, US can do whatever it wants. Whatever a country wants to do has nothing to do with how it governed, law or not. Law is a set of communally mutually agreed upon rules, so a society can function. However, the key is the word "communal", as in - which community is agreeing upon this law. China can complain that the new laws in the US is illegitimate, but the laws are made by Americans for Americans. Of course the law is not going to extend outside US, for example, they do not dictate what some Canadian company operating in Canada can do. But, in the US, these laws are there for Americans, for American soil, under the territory that the US government formally rules over. Of course, the US makes these rules, because it is its sovereign right to do so. China has no authority over how or why this law is made. Just like the US has no authority to say how Chinese government creates laws.

                                                                              But then again, China likes to say “Do not interfere in our internal matters”; the US can say the same thing.

                                                                              I am not American by the way, so have no beef in this.

                                                                              So hey, I am all popcorns on this at the moment. The next few years are going to be interesting.

                                                                              • justicezyx 1 day ago

                                                                                Us corps have access to Chinese market. Otherwise they wouldn't have been so courteous to Chinese pressure and sentiment. For example, Apple draw > 10% from mainland China.

                                                                                There is a common misconception that corps like Google Facebook were banned without legitimate reason. The truth is that China has outrageous internet law that Google Facebook would violate their meal standard in order to operate inside China. Google claims Chinese government hacked their corporation data centers.

                                                                                Nuances ate everywhere...

                                                                                • toomuchtodo 1 day ago

                                                                                  How else would you negotiate with a bully like China? America is a bully too, but without Uighur concentration camps, fleets of fishing vessels farming the sea to extinction, outrageous claims over the South China Sea, etc.

                                                                                  You can only turn a blind eye so long to a competitor’s unreasonable actions (in this scope, IP/trade secrets and the like). As a US citizen, I endorse any actions intended to remove or subdue CCP influence, power, and control (domestically or internationally). None of this comment should be construed as a sleight against the Chinese people in aggregate.

                                                                                  • mcji 1 day ago

                                                                                    > America is a bully too, but without Uighur concentration camps, fleets of fishing vessels farming the sea to extinction, outrageous claims over the South China Sea, etc.

                                                                                    but with Guantanamo Bay detention camp, bombming Iraq with fabricated evidence and killing hundreds of thousands innocent Iraqi people. Oh, let's not forget how Uncle Sam extended their territory by slaughtering Native Americans since 15th century. You even have a festival to celeberate the genocide and conquest of Native Americans by colonists.

                                                                                    • toxik 1 day ago

                                                                                      Better not look into Chinese history then

                                                                                    • toomuchtodo 18 hours ago

                                                                                      dang, apologies this was flagged for your attention, I don’t understand why it was flagged but I’m actively seeking alternative forums [1] where this sort of discussion is welcome.

                                                                                      [1] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24028512

                                                                                    • x86_64Ubuntu 1 day ago

                                                                                      It's not related to anything China has done over the past years. It's the fact that TikTok users embarrassed Trump, so sympathetic conservatives are looking for any and every Trump-free reason to support the president unilaterally banning something. Mind you, these are the same people that scream about "free speech" when YouTube or Twitter deplatforms Nazis and other right-wing white supremacists.

                                                                                      • DiogenesKynikos 23 hours ago

                                                                                        Trump's top advisor on China is a complete nutjob who knows nothing about China: Peter Navarro, author of "Death by China."

                                                                                        Navarro doesn't speak Chinese, and before he joined the Trump administration, he had hardly even been to China. In recent months, he's been promoting anti-Chinese conspiracy theories about CoVID-19. He's an ideologue who believes that the US is in a death struggle with China.

                                                                                        So if you're wondering why US policy has changed, looking at who's in office is a start. The scary thing is how successful the Trump administration has been in promoting its views on China among the public.

                                                                                      • China's actions are actually legal under 1. WTO rules which allow developing nations to have some sort of protectionism to foster their own industries, and 2. Their own laws, which companies can choose to abide by.

                                                                                        Google and Facebook were never wholesale banned by China. You can see this with the fact that Google tried to re-enter China with project Dragonfly (a China-law compliant search engine), until it internally became politically unfeasible. Note that Microsoft operates Bing in China, and Yahoo as well.

                                                                                        • seanmcdirmid 1 day ago

                                                                                          Google trying to re enter China has no bearing on whether or not they were banned or are banned.

                                                                                          And actually, I was living in China when Facebook stopped working, and I was living in China when google.com stopped working, and when google.cn stopped working. And you are right, they were never officially banned, China would never admit to that, they just used the GFW to make them stop working and commenced a lot of work to make VPNs troublesome to use as well.

                                                                                          Yes, Microsoft operates Bing. But you can’t access gmail through it.

                                                                                          • You just ignored what I said and straw-manned the specific nature of being banned.

                                                                                            As I said in my previous post, both can operate in China if they choose to comply with Chinese laws. Hotmail and iCloud do, and both works fine in China.

                                                                                            Google and Facebook being banned is no different than if they'd been banned for not complying with GDPR in EU.

                                                                                            • seanmcdirmid 1 day ago

                                                                                              Again, China doesn’t officially ban Facebook or google, they won’t tell them what laws they aren’t following and anyways, China doesn’t really do rule of law. Google can’t go to a judge and say, ”hey, I want to prove I’m doing things right, see this Chinese constitution guarantees freedom of speech!” Nope, China doesn’t work like that, officials make opaque arbitrary decisions on what to allow or not.

                                                                                              • getmeoutofhere 22 hours ago

                                                                                                Why are you purposely being unfaithful in your argument here? I can easily search up multiple cases where foreign companies have applied the rule of law and won in China. The rules are clear to Google and they simply chose not to follow it. They tried to follow to follow the rules with Project Dragonfly until their own employees scuttled the project, but that’s on Google.

                                                                                                The existence of Bing proves that it’s possible to operate a foreign search engine in China.

                                                                                                • oldmartin 21 hours ago

                                                                                                  Lmao, your posts read like they are straight out of r/sino. You stick out like a sore thumb and need to do better if your trying to influence minds here.

                                                                                                  "I can easily search up multiple cases where foreign companies have applied the rule of law and won in China."

                                                                                                  I'd love it if you did this. I sincerely hope these references are better than the ones you produced trying to deny the Uighur genocide in Xinjiang in the other thread. Also, you'll need to provide me some proof these companies didn't pay for the results they got.

                                                                                                • DiogenesKynikos 23 hours ago

                                                                                                  A bit like Trump banning TikTok and Huawei on a whim, without providing any evidence.

                                                                                            • nsporillo 19 hours ago

                                                                                              At what point is China no longer considered a developing country? I think the argument is since they're now at least the second largest economy in the world, they no longer deserve all the special protections.

                                                                                              • getmeoutofhere 18 hours ago

                                                                                                On a per capita basis, China is still very much a developing / middle income country. I agree that special amendments should be made because a country of 50,000 people with Chinas gdp per capita faces a very different economic situation than China, though.

                                                                                            • chrischen 1 day ago

                                                                                              Because we believe in the free market and they believe in a controlled market?

                                                                                              I mean, are you suggesting we also move the planned economy model because China is right? It’s not like we adopted a free market model for the benefit of foreign interests... it’s simply a better model (in our belief) for creating a healthy economy.

                                                                                              • arrosenberg 1 day ago

                                                                                                > Because we believe in the free market and they believe in a controlled market?

                                                                                                We pay lip service to the free market, but in practice we believe in controlled, privately owned markets and China believes in controlled, state owned markets.

                                                                                                • hhsuey 1 day ago

                                                                                                  Just randomly thinking out loud: Is it possible to stop privately owned markets without the state having more control? I suppose the concern is with large private corporations, as opposed to smaller to medium sized businesses. I think that's what a lot of Democrats want to do, but I often associate them with bigger government. I know very little about politics though.

                                                                                                  • arrosenberg 1 day ago

                                                                                                    Sure, by enacting strict laws that forbid individual competitors from exceeding some amount of market share or forming conglomerates. Corporate breakups are self-executing. No compliance bureaucracy required, just investigators and lawyers. The government doesn't acquire the power to pick winners and losers, they indifferently breakup any player who gets big enough to distort the market or centralize too much power.

                                                                                                    • sudosysgen 1 day ago

                                                                                                      Of course it is. Private property in general is only possible because of enforcement by the state. Relaxing IP laws and other measures that limit the power of the state to enforce negative liberty would fit the bill.

                                                                                                  • mcji 1 day ago

                                                                                                    While US corps predominate,free market is better. Otherwise, controlled market is better. /s

                                                                                                  • They also offer the US access to cheap workforce, which is kept unbeatably cheap via the action of the chinese state. I thought it was a tit-for-tat relationship.

                                                                                                    The argument is also used a-la-carte: It's decades since the first time google pulled out of china, yet there was no relatiation then. And it does not apply to other countries which are often blocking google/facebook/youtube like russia or turkey?

                                                                                                    • toxik 1 day ago

                                                                                                      If tiktop were Russian and accused of spying and or pushing propaganda, I believe the response would be the same

                                                                                                    • slim 1 day ago

                                                                                                      if the user is the product, the situation is better described as "blocking a foreign company from mining it's resources"

                                                                                                      • DarthGhandi 1 day ago

                                                                                                        Which companies are locked out? Last I looked China is packed full of American companies, far moreso than the other way around. Apple, Walmart, Nike, Coke(61% marketshare), P&G, KFC, McDonald's, GE, GM, Boeing (50% marketshare), MS (99% marketshare) all make billions each year on the mainland, many make more there than in the US.

                                                                                                        It's frankly quite disturbing how something so completely wrong constantly ends up the top of HN comments on these tiktok threads lately. 2 of the top 3 comments say this and it's not true whatsoever. It's just plain jingoism.

                                                                                                        Since you've raised the issue can I as an Australian, sell my lamb to US consumers unhindered? We have a free trade agreement, take a guess about our market access in certain farming sectors? Even with shipping I can sell for far better prices than domestic farmers so your government sets up tariffs and sanctions to stop that happening. Ask some South American corn farmers about their market access too while this topic is hot :)

                                                                                                        The US is so blatantly hypocritical and that's the real "cringe" here. The ultra-nationalist sentiment in this place is laughable.

                                                                                                        Tiktok was a risk and I don't really have much of a problem with the choices made but the online justifications are unreal to listen to.

                                                                                                        • cm2012 1 day ago

                                                                                                          More specifically to TikTok, all American social networks are locked out. (Facebook, twitter, YouTube, etc.)

                                                                                                      • Your comment boils down to they did it so why can't we?

                                                                                                        That flies in the face of the supposed moral leadership (of the world) of our country.

                                                                                                        • Jweb_Guru 1 day ago

                                                                                                          America's morality has always come down to "might makes right" and it's quite clear that many people believe that's a perfectly satisfactory state of affairs.

                                                                                                          • eanzenberg 1 day ago

                                                                                                            Why fund your own demise? You can’t take the moral high ground with an immoral enemy. This isn’t a movie.

                                                                                                            • sudosysgen 1 day ago

                                                                                                              That's not the issue. The issue is then to claim the moral high ground to compel other people to sacrifice something.

                                                                                                              • Jweb_Guru 19 hours ago

                                                                                                                Thank you for illustrating my point.

                                                                                                                • tehjoker 1 day ago

                                                                                                                  I find it difficult to recall the last time America took the moral high ground that wasn't based solely in looking good for anti-communist purposes in the last 75 years. The only exceptions were when domestic unrest forced the ruling class to give protestors civil rights.

                                                                                                                  In particular, US foreign policy has been a long unending horror show of bombing, invasions, and starvation via sanctions. At the UN our record is dismal at best, with the US often standing entirely alone with regressive countries we've bought off like Saudia Arabia on a litany of issues.

                                                                                                            • seanmcdirmid 1 day ago

                                                                                                              I started my comment out with “ Not that it justifies our behavior” and referred to similar actions by both China and America as bad behavior. Bad doesn’t justify bad, and only provides a measure of irony.

                                                                                                              • stale2002 1 day ago

                                                                                                                Rules are only good if most countries follow them.

                                                                                                                If you let someone get away with breaking the rule, without retaliating in kind, then you put yourself at a severe disadvantage to them.

                                                                                                              • > China locks American companies out of its market

                                                                                                                This is something that is often claimed, but it doesn't reflect reality.

                                                                                                                China does not generally lock American companies out of its market. In fact, American companies have a far greater presence in the Chinese market than vice versa.

                                                                                                                For example, take a look at the 2017 China sales figures for a few American companies: [1]

                                                                                                                * Apple: $44.7 billion

                                                                                                                * Intel: $14.8 billion

                                                                                                                * Qualcomm: $14.6 billion

                                                                                                                * Boeing: $11.9 billion

                                                                                                                * Micron: $10.4 billion

                                                                                                                If you walk into any mall in China, you'll see American brands everywhere. Starbucks, KFC, McDonald's, tons of fashion brands, and on and on. The basic fact underlying all of this is that for decades, foreign direct investment flowed essentially in one direction: from the US to China. That reflected the fact that the US had capital, while China had labor. It's only recently that Chinese companies have begun expanding abroad, and FDI has started to go in the opposite direction.

                                                                                                                1. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/trade-war-watch-these-are-...

                                                                                                                • crusty 1 day ago

                                                                                                                  This is apples and oranges. You listed hard good sales - imports (even if actually manufactured in China in the case of Apple).

                                                                                                                  IIRC, Foreign companies need to have majority-owner Chinese partner entities to "own" business operations in China. So a non-Chinese car company that wants to have ownership over it's Chinese assembly line operations and sales in China needs to partner with a Chinese company (typically another automaker) that actually owns >50% of the joint subsidiary that actually makes and or sells the cars. The alternative is Apple, which owns no manufacturing and had everything produced on contract from independent manufacturers. And again, none of this involves user data. Also, both the play store and Apple iOS store's content are at the mercy of the CCP gatekeepers, so even if a person in China can buy an apple product, they experience a different app ecosystem.

                                                                                                                  I don't think there's a non-Chinese-owned company that has access to and stores user data streams, like a foreign-owned weibo or something, but I'd be curious if someone had an example.

                                                                                                                  • chrischen 1 day ago

                                                                                                                    > This is apples and oranges. You listed hard good sales - imports (even if actually manufactured in China in the case of Apple).

                                                                                                                    How much do you think China makes on an iPhone? Most of the pricey parts are imported into China and just because the assembly happens in China doesn’t truth make it “made” in China.

                                                                                                                    Even if you take lower margin brands like KFC, the US interests essentially rent-seek on that brand usage.

                                                                                                                    You have to also understand that China is the economic underdog. In order to rise out of poverty they have to have some form of protectionist policies (which are not unique to China, as Japan also has heavy protectionist policies despite an already strong economy) or they’d be trampled by established foreign multinational giants.

                                                                                                                    One country is a well to-do suburban college educated kid and the other is a poor high school dropout from the inner city. Their competition in the market would not be “fair” as their starting points would be unequal.

                                                                                                                    That being said protectionist policies aren’t all good. They are a tradeoff that they chose to make and why they ended up with defective domestically produced infant baby formula, crappier internet search engines (which lead to wechat dominance), etc, whole local companies played slow catch up.

                                                                                                                    • > IIRC, Foreign companies need to have majority-owner Chinese partner entities to "own" business operations in China.

                                                                                                                      You recall incorrectly. You're describing the situation about 30 years ago, in the early stages of China's opening up. In the intervening time, restrictions have been dropped from most sectors (including the automotive sector - Tesla's Shanghai factory is a demonstration of this).

                                                                                                                      The Chinese market is open both to direct investment (FDI, which I mentioned above), and to imports of foreign goods. American companies have much greater penetration into the Chinese market than vice versa. It's blindingly obvious if you've been in both countries.

                                                                                                                      • asdfadsfgfdda 1 day ago

                                                                                                                        Tesla's factory was the very first foreign-owned car plant, without a domestic partner. This certainly has not been the norm in China in the past 30 years:

                                                                                                                        https://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/2154674/tesl...

                                                                                                                        China may be open to goods (ignoring the capricious enforcement of customs laws). But even politically benign services (banking, finance, insurance) cannot easily be "exported" to China. It's obviously protectionism.

                                                                                                                        https://www.npr.org/2020/01/16/797098404/u-s-financial-servi...

                                                                                                                        • jjcc 1 day ago

                                                                                                                          There are a lot of foreign-owned companies long before Tesla. In my home town Changzhou there was a famous US company called METTLER TOLEDO which exists since 1992. I lived there 20+ years ago. I had a lot of friends worked for the company. All the town knew it was a wholly owned(独资)US company. Here's the only source I can find but in Chinese. http://www.bioon.com.cn/show/index.asp?id=11583

                                                                                                                          It mentioned 独资。There are other companies had Chinese partners called 合资 which means joined-adventure. They are different but 独资 exist as opposed to MSM claimed.

                                                                                                                          Now I know you don't believe it. There are many people know the other side of story but they have been eventually down-voted out of HN to tell the truth. This one seems not quite offense to many HNer's beliefs so I'd like to provide some information.

                                                                                                                          http://www.bioon.com.cn/show/index.asp?id=11583

                                                                                                                          • China has been sequentially reducing JV restrictions on different sectors. The last restrictions on car manufacturing have been phased out over the last three years. As I said, Tesla is an example of this.

                                                                                                                            It's silly to complain that the American market was open to Chinese investment, while the Chinese market used to have JV requirements. China had no capital to invest. Investment flowed entirely in one direction. It didn't matter to China that the US was theoretically open for direct investment. US companies made huge profits by investing in China, but not vice versa. Around 2014-15, Chinese investment abroad began to pick up, but the Trump administration has essentially closed the US market to Chinese investment, and Chinese FDI in the US has gone basically to zero.

                                                                                                                            Complaining about how the poor old US is getting exploited by China - with its former JV requirements - is completely out of touch with reality. American companies made enormous profits off of investment in China.

                                                                                                                            As China has developed, it has removed JV restrictions from most sectors of the economy. Whether some level of protectionism is good for developing economies is a debated topic, but the WTO allows greater leeway to developing countries. Developed countries would obviously benefit more if every developing country removed all conditions on foreign investment, but developing countries would probably suffer.

                                                                                                                          • DarthGhandi 1 day ago

                                                                                                                            > American companies have much greater penetration into the Chinese market than vice versa. It's blindingly obvious if you've been in both countries.

                                                                                                                            It's utterly bizarre to see people completely unaware of this clear fact. US companies are absolutely everywhere in China and make bucketload of cash in the country.

                                                                                                                        • polartx 1 day ago

                                                                                                                          I worked for a company that provides web and app tracking (kinda like google analytics, but more granular data and user metrics). Any Chinese prospect that engaged with us had to use a myriad of proxies because the Chinese govt blocked our American servers. Also no Chinese prospect ever paid a dime. They would beg for extended trials and bring engineers in to ask questions about the software, requesting server side code, all the while they attempted rip off our product, after a year I became ‘too engaged’ with other projects to pursue opportunities with Chinese companies.

                                                                                                                          • seanmcdirmid 1 day ago

                                                                                                                            McDonald’s China is now wholly owned by Chinese investors. Starbucks has been trying to get rid of their state mandated JV partners for more than 15 years now.

                                                                                                                            • McDonald's decided to sell most of its stake in 2017. It wasn't forced to. After the sale, McDonald's China was 52% Chinese-owned, and 48% American-owned. The latest news is that the Chinese group is trying to divest itself from McDonald's.

                                                                                                                              Starbucks entered the Chinese market in 1999, when there were still JV requirements in its sector. Those requirements have been removed, and Starbucks bought out its Chinese JV partner in 2017.

                                                                                                                            • Why is Google search not available in China?

                                                                                                                          • dkobia 1 day ago

                                                                                                                            As much as I agree and being from a "third world" country myself, I can still remember China banning Facebook and Google in 2009/2010. Everyone has had to bend over backwards to gain access to the Chinese market while giving them free reign to the rest of the world.

                                                                                                                            • KaoruAoiShiho 1 day ago

                                                                                                                              No they didn't, both Facebook and Google decided to quit themselves. Remember Dragonfly? Google just tried to get back into China THIS YEAR and was blocked by the US government. It's the US that's closing access to China not the other way around.

                                                                                                                              • albacur 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                Wrong, Facebook was blocked in China following the July 2009 Ürümqi riots because Facebook refused to release information about Xinjiang independence activists.

                                                                                                                                In March 2009, China blocked access to Google's YouTube due to footage showing Chinese security forces beating Tibetans. Access to other Google online services was denied to users arbitrarily.

                                                                                                                                The search engine remained operational under the condition that the government could filter the search results. In January 2010, Google announced that, in response to a Chinese-originated hacking attack on them and other US tech companies, they were no longer willing to censor searches in China and would pull out of the country completely.

                                                                                                                                Also, the government didn't "block" Dragonfly. Google terminated the project after its own employees protested it and politicians criticized it.

                                                                                                                                (All the above from Wikipedia either as direct quotes or paraphrased for brevity.)

                                                                                                                                • georgeburdell 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                  > Remember Dragonfly? Google just tried to get back into China THIS YEAR and was blocked by the US government.

                                                                                                                                  Could you substantiate this claim? Regarding China and Dragonfly, I only remember there being employee and governmental criticism, but no outright ban from doing business in China: https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/11/27/google-...

                                                                                                                                  • KaoruAoiShiho 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                    Oh please like we need a formal ban to shut things down, it's like America not banning tiktok right?

                                                                                                                                    There were hearings and calls by US politicians to stop Dragonfly, after which it was stopped.

                                                                                                                            • partiallypro 1 day ago

                                                                                                                              > Ultimately I feel that it is US who has been more to blame (contrary to much of Western media coverage) for the deteriorating US-China relationship, and drumming up the chorus for a new coldwar. Chinese policy seems to have not significantly changed in the last 5 years towards the US, but on the other hand US seemed ever more keen and eger to pursue a hostile attitude towards China.

                                                                                                                              In what universe? The Chinese global stance has changed drastically over the past 5 years, and they have continued to deteriorate western companies and forced companies to appease their government, or the CCP will ban those companies, steal their IP and clone then. So far not a single soul has stood up to them, for fear of losing out. They've expanded their power in the South China Sea, laying claim to land and passages that aren't theirs at all and never have been. They fund North Korea as a satellite state to antagonize its neighbors, and turn in people that escape back to NK so they can be put in slave camps. The new security law gives them reach beyond their own borders to crack down on people that criticize the CCP. Not to mention they have literal concentration camps where they are harvesting organs, hair, using them as slave labor and stealing their possessions. Ask other Asian countries how they feel about China's slow and steady encroachment of their authoritarian regime that is anti-freedom.

                                                                                                                              • nobody0 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                > In what universe?

                                                                                                                                I don't know, maybe the one where the U.S. constantly suprises the world in the last few years.

                                                                                                                              • scoot_718 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                > Banning something which hasn't broken US laws, on arbitrary grounds shouldn't be possible.

                                                                                                                                Of course it should. They control their store fronts. This is an extremist position you are taking.

                                                                                                                                > Also dictating which apps an individual can install/not install shouldn't be the job of the Federal Government.

                                                                                                                                They aren't doing that. Install the app from an APK if you care so much.

                                                                                                                                Protecting their citizens from hostile state actors is very much in their purview and mandate.

                                                                                                                                > At this point US is seemingly acting like a dictatorship with very less transparency.

                                                                                                                                Nonsense. TikTok isn't a US citizen. And they need to obey regulations. Ensuring US infrastructure and the private data of their citizens is protected is the sort of thing a democracy does.

                                                                                                                                > Chinese policy seems to have not significantly changed in the last 5 years towards the US,

                                                                                                                                I agree actually. They've been pulling this shit for more than a decade now. War on all fronts except military. I'm glad the world is starting to wake up to it.

                                                                                                                                • jchw 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                  As a United States citizen, I don’t agree that we’re obligated to play fairly with someone who brazenly refuses to do so for us. That’s all I really have to say about this.

                                                                                                                                  • chrischen 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                    What is “fair”? We believe in a free market economy. There is no way to “game” it because by definition a free market has to be free and what arises from it is what is supposed to be.

                                                                                                                                    China has a planned economy. They pick and choose what happens economically and they have a heavy hand in manipulating it.

                                                                                                                                    It honestly sounds like we want to have our cake and eat it too. The free market is the best way to develop a healthy economy, and it does not require the generosity of foreign players to function.

                                                                                                                                    Fundamentally we’re just being rattled by the economic rise of China which is shaking the beliefs of some free market capitalists.

                                                                                                                                    • albacur 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                      The U.S. doesn't have purely free market economy; it's regulated to prevent abuse from bad actors and it enters into trade deals to advance its strategic interests. This is true of all countries.

                                                                                                                                      I have mixed feelings about TikTok, but the claim that the U.S. can't protect itself from a hostile trade partner or a security threat because it "believes in a free market economy" is utterly baseless.

                                                                                                                                      • chrischen 10 hours ago

                                                                                                                                        As a believer in more free than planned market economies, I don't think it's necessary for the US to stick its fingers in places to ensure things fail, just as I don't believe it was necessary to sabotage the USSR to ensure their inevitable failure. I believe our system is superior to what China has, and frankly if we meddle with it it de-legitimizes our claims to our superior system.

                                                                                                                                        We do in fact have a more free market economy, and we definitely do not do retaliatory trade policies to other countries with unequal trade imbalances like we are doing to China. In fact, in a free market, which is the default, there is no such thing as a trade imbalance. We buy cheap labor from China, but they are paying the price on the higher margin parts (IP, technology, brands). They buy the silicon that merely gets assembled in China, they make the iPhone for maybe $100-$150 in labor, and then pay Apple the remainder just to ship the item back to itself (that's why luxury goods are heavily taxed in China). If you ask me China's getting the crappy end of the deal. The reason why we've been getting push back is because the lower-skilled workers in America are in fact losing out, but the information and technology jobs have been gaining against China. But frankly, cheap Chinese workers are just a temporary stop gap to automation (if you didn't lose your job to cheap foreign labor, you'd be losing it to a cheap domestic robot).

                                                                                                                                      • manfredo 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                        The US being a free market and China tightly controlling it's markets is precisely what's unfair. Think if it like a tariff. When a country establishes a tariff, most other countries set up their own tariffs in response. This is fundamentally the same thing. China banning Facebook, Twitter, et al. is effectively a tariff on US tech companies. Now the US is setting up its own tariffs in response.

                                                                                                                                        • chrischen 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                          It wasn't fair to begin with. Countries by default have tariffs (EU, Japan). Crying unfair is just playing to the capitalists that want access to a disadvantaged market with little to no developed competition. If you've been to China you know how developmentally challenged they were, and with over a billion people developing a strong local economy will inevitably play into the "unfair" trade policy accusations.

                                                                                                                                          The US chooses to open its markets up to foreign players, and generally does not demand reciprocal market access for it unless there's a political motive, which, in this case with China there is (the US wants to curb the rise of a competing world power).

                                                                                                                                        • jchw 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                          It would not be having our cake and eating it too to show the CCP the door. They don’t need to give us access to their market and we don’t need to give access to ours.

                                                                                                                                          American companies need to go though Chinese entities to do business in China. Why not the reverse?

                                                                                                                                          • whoevercares 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                            China “planned” its tech industry? You gonna be kidding me

                                                                                                                                            • sidlls 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                              China has its fingers deep in the pie of every tech company there, especially the ones with even minimal foreign ownership. It might not be planned in the quaint sense of the old Communist 5 year plans, but it’s certainly a modern iteration of the concept.

                                                                                                                                        • young_unixer 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                          This. I am from a mediocre country and had always admired how Americans defended freedom (specially freedom of speech and right to bear arms). But now they seem not to care anymore. Just throw all our freedoms out the window because China is spying on us.

                                                                                                                                          Even in this forum, the general sentiment is that it should just be banned.

                                                                                                                                          • MangoCoffee 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                            American withdrawal from the global stage. It does not start with Trump but Clinton. After Cold War, little by little American is retreating from the world stage and letting go of its "leader" position. Trump just speed up this process.

                                                                                                                                            You can see it in WHO. Every president before Trump have neglect it. It will be an interesting time when American completely exit the world stage.

                                                                                                                                            • javagram 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                              Clinton established the WTO and signed NAFTA. He also saber rattled against China during the taiwan straits crisis, bombed plenty of foreign countries, went to war over Kosovo in violation of the UN charter, and various other actions. I don’t really see how that’s “withdrawal from the global stage”

                                                                                                                                            • x86_64Ubuntu 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                              What's your reason for dragging Clinton into this?

                                                                                                                                          • katzgrau 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                            > The President shouldn't have authority to ban anything at all let alone an app available through privately operated app stores.

                                                                                                                                            If it's a matter of national security, yes, he should. Whether it's ultimately seen as an abuse of power can be decided later in courts or via election.

                                                                                                                                            • vkou 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                              TikTok is not a national security problem, no more than Whatsapp or Telegram or Skype is a national security problem.

                                                                                                                                              The last time I asked folks here to explain to me why they think its a national security problem, I got a list of arguments that were just a little bit less plausible then those for the existence of Santa Claus.

                                                                                                                                              Just because Trump says something (while providing no proof) does not make it true.

                                                                                                                                              • bladegash 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                A straight forward argument that comes to my mind is TikTok being used in the manner Cambridge Analytica used Facebook. Except in this case, it is being done by a State sponsored entity with vast resources (monetarily and people-wise). Further, instead of it being used to help a candidate become elected, it's purpose would be to influence foreign opinions of China/the PRC.

                                                                                                                                                That doesn't sound implausible to me.

                                                                                                                                                • flywheel 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                  My wife is on TikTok for at least an hour a night if not more - I've never once seen or heard anything pro-china or anything that would otherwise influence her opinion about China. Not once. It's all content from US social media whores.

                                                                                                                                                  • bladegash 20 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                    Content doesn’t need to be overtly “pro China” to influence individuals towards goals ultimately desirable by the PRC. Information operations can have a variety of goals are a designed to be unnoticeable, unless otherwise intended to be visible (e.g., making it apparent to GRU cyber actors that we had access to their systems during the mid-term elections).

                                                                                                                                                    Edit: Here’s a link to the mid-terms operation by US Cyber Com: https://sofrep.com/news/cyber-warfare-us-cyber-command-strik...

                                                                                                                                                    • You are focused on outputs what about inputs?

                                                                                                                                                      • flywheel 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                        What inputs? You mean the fact that she follows cute dog videos? I'm sure China is going to use that against her somehow /s

                                                                                                                                                        • throwaway69123 22 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                          Yes her data, meta data about your network, devices etc. Just because you arent a target based on that data, doesnt mean someone isnt.

                                                                                                                                                          • flywheel 15 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                            Her "data" is mostly liking cute dog videos. China can have that data for all I care. Meta data about my network, devices? If China really wants to know that I'm on Spectrum internet, and have a few other devices connected, sure, go ahead. I monitor my network and haven't seen any suspicious traffic that would worry me.

                                                                                                                                                            • throwaway69123 9 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                              They dont want your data, but your data being worthless isnt an argument. You arent the target.

                                                                                                                                                    • YarickR2 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                      Other countries shold summarily ban Twitter and Facebook, out of fear of possible local elections influence by US government

                                                                                                                                                      • bladegash 20 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                        I don’t think the point I made disagrees with what you’re suggesting. The US can absolutely use social media for information operations as well.

                                                                                                                                                        • Mekantis 15 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                          They should, actually.

                                                                                                                                                        • vkou 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                          If foreign speech is a threat to a free country's national security, then I think that the free speech experiment has ran its course, and its time to pack it up. /snark

                                                                                                                                                          Just imagine what would happen if the foreigners say the wrong things at us. How is our freedom so brittle that it cannot handle speech?

                                                                                                                                                          This whole avenue of argument sounds an awful lot like one that authoritarian regimes use to block Google, Facebook, the NYT, etc.

                                                                                                                                                          • bladegash 20 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                            I think you are missing the point. There are many many goals that support the PRC’s strategic goals/interests other than persuading people to be pro-China. If you ever get a chance, look up some of the publicly available US military doctrine on information operations and what the possible uses of it are.

                                                                                                                                                            Here’s one to start with: https://www.jcs.mil/Portals/36/Documents/Doctrine/pubs/jp3_1...

                                                                                                                                                        • katzgrau 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                          I said if it's a matter of national security.

                                                                                                                                                          > TikTok is not a national security problem, no more than Whatsapp or Telegram or Skype is a national security problem.

                                                                                                                                                          Yeah, you don't actually know that. What we don't know is the most consequential for us. China is ambitious and is clearly engaged in a long game against the US.

                                                                                                                                                          We should watch our backs, no apologies necessary.

                                                                                                                                                          • ClumsyPilot 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                            So you are giving uo on the whole concept of a justice system, evidence of wrongdoing and public hearing?

                                                                                                                                                            Might as well start putting random chinese people in jail just to hit back at CCP, "no apollogies neccesary"

                                                                                                                                                            • katzgrau 18 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                              My original post referred to national security coming first — and evaluating any actions taken via court, if it's questionable.

                                                                                                                                                            • rat9988 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                              From an outsider view, all I see in this thread is the US constantly attacking china and accusing it of what they are doing to them.

                                                                                                                                                              • katzgrau 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                #2 always wants to be #1, #1 wants to stay #1. This has played out many, many times throughout history. Pick your loyalty.

                                                                                                                                                            • manquer 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                              Grindr was a national security problem . The precedent is there.

                                                                                                                                                              • vkou 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                That's a problem for people with security clearance. For the other 99% of Americans, how is it a national security issue?

                                                                                                                                                                • manquer 17 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                  Compromising the people with nuclear codes is a security problem for the rest of us.

                                                                                                                                                                  I am just saying such apps having Chinese ownership being considered national security has a precedent

                                                                                                                                                              • ergocoder 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                > TikTok is not a national security problem, no more than Whatsapp or Telegram or Skype is a national security problem.

                                                                                                                                                                Yes, TikTok is potentially a national security problem. Sending a lot of citizens' personal info to an opposing super power is a national security problem. This is especially true when we are in disputes on many fronts like Taiwan, Hong Kong, islands in South China Sea

                                                                                                                                                                Telegram, maybe, but the founder makes it clear that he escaped from Russia, and Russia wants to imprison him(?).

                                                                                                                                                                Whatsapp and Skype are US companies, so they send info to US. There's not much security risk here. Their founders are US citizen or in a country that is aligned with US.

                                                                                                                                                                > Just because Trump says something (while providing no proof) does not make it true.

                                                                                                                                                                There's never proof in any geopolitical issue/scandal. At best, you have expert hearsay. Maybe CIA's opinion from wikileaks.

                                                                                                                                                                If we had to wait for proof for any geopolitical issue, US would probably already collapse for being incompetent long ago.

                                                                                                                                                                Now are you trying to say TikTok will never ever send personal info to Chinese government (if China requests)? I hope you're not. We know this isn't true.

                                                                                                                                                                Saying US and China having no tension against each other is just very strange; The tension is blatantly obvious for decades. I'm not sure if you aren't truly aware or you just pretend you don't know.

                                                                                                                                                            • osrec 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                              I honestly feel the ban may well be a direct result of Tiktok users helping boycott a political rally in Tulsa.

                                                                                                                                                              They were expecting hundreds of thousands to turn up, but only a few thousand turned up, leaving the organisers utterly embarrassed.

                                                                                                                                                              • zmmmmm 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                I guess I'm even more cynical. I don't think it's an accident that Zuck is playing much more friendly to Trump than people may have expected. This would be the perfect quid pro quo. I hate to think it could be happening like that, and it sits purely in conspiracy theory land. However it is completely consistent with the level of corruption from the administration in other areas and amoral approach by Facebook to its business.

                                                                                                                                                                • osrec 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                  Well, Tiktok has taken all the younger crowd away from Facebook and Instagram. Your suggestion is not beyond the realms of possibility for a guy like Zuck (I always think back to the dumb f comment he made a few years ago to remind myself of how he views his users).

                                                                                                                                                                  • javagram 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                    “A few years ago” was 17 years ago, for reference, when he was a 19 year old college student.

                                                                                                                                                                    Facebook is working on Reels to compete with TikTok, but I’m sure Zuck would be happy if Trump takes out the competition for him.

                                                                                                                                                                    There may not be an explicit quid-pro-quo but he’s obviously trying to navigate the political situation to avoid either Democrats or Republicans taking real steps to harm his company, since both are demanding Facebook start altering what users see to promote their political causes.

                                                                                                                                                                    • phatfish 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                      Facebook already alters what people see, mainly to make sure people spend as much time on Facebook as possible. Or if you pay them to put "Ad" next to an item in a timeline somewhere.

                                                                                                                                                                • hurrdurr2 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                  Totally agree with you. We all know Trump takes things personally so this is a great way for him to get back at tiktok.

                                                                                                                                                                  I hardly think he cares about the "security" aspect of it.

                                                                                                                                                                  • osrec 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, I think a guy that compromises his own country's security by inadvertently sharing secret info on social media doesn't care/know much about security in the first place.

                                                                                                                                                                  • ars 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                    Unlikely. The rally was in June, but they've been talking about banning it since February.

                                                                                                                                                                    • jjcon 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                      Why did India already ban it with Japan and Australia about to then?

                                                                                                                                                                    • KingOfCoders 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                      We'll see when the EU uses that playbook against the US.

                                                                                                                                                                      • LordFast 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                        Actually that is exactly how it's playing out these days.

                                                                                                                                                                        The "circular firing squad" has now been taken to the international stage.

                                                                                                                                                                        • KingOfCoders 5 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                          Not yet I assume, currently FAANG will need to pay a digital tax, taking the TikTok example Google or Microsoft would be forced to sell business to a competitor in the EU.

                                                                                                                                                                      • Wingman4l7 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                        > Chinese policy seems to have not significantly changed in the last 5 years towards the US, but on the other hand US seemed ever more keen and eger to pursue a hostile attitude towards China.

                                                                                                                                                                        Years of concentrated industrial espionage from China against US companies says otherwise.

                                                                                                                                                                        • They are technically correct the hostile policy hasnt changed in the last 5 years.

                                                                                                                                                                        • iliveinchina 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                          > Chinese policy seems to have not significantly changed in the last 5 years towards the US

                                                                                                                                                                          Chinese policy "towards the US" may be too narrow a view.

                                                                                                                                                                          Within the past 5 years, Xi Jinping has eliminated the scheduled 10-year leadership transition which served to alternate power between various elite factions in China. This has put him in a position to maintain leadership for life. After Xi achieved this, China has seen numerous significant domestic and foreign policy shifts.

                                                                                                                                                                          As China has become more of a near-peer global power with the US, Chinese domestic politics have become more relevant to everyone.

                                                                                                                                                                          • solarhoma 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                            Google and Apple have not delisted tiktok because China is a huge market for the companies. They are playing the part of Switzerland.

                                                                                                                                                                            • trnglina 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                              Apple, maybe, but Google services don't operate in China.

                                                                                                                                                                              • dgellow 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                > They are playing the part of Switzerland.

                                                                                                                                                                                What does that even mean?

                                                                                                                                                                                • joubert 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                  I would interpret that analogy as them not taking sides, i.e. remain neutral.

                                                                                                                                                                              • neokrish 8 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                This comment isn’t based on facts. I suggest you read this (https://www.lawfareblog.com/tiktok-and-law-primer-case-you-n...) to get the legal basis right. You are free to disagree or call out US in an emotional tirade, but have the facts right on why the President can make these decisions.

                                                                                                                                                                                Additionally, painting China as a mere victim here ignores the complexity of the geopolitical tensions we are currently facing.

                                                                                                                                                                                • humaniania 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                  I blame China having over 1,000,000 of it's citizens in concentration "re-education" camps for the deteriorating relationship. What kind of leadership allows that type of behavior? Not a competent one. It's shameful that this is being allowed to happen. I support measures to limit the propaganda being spread by China's government.

                                                                                                                                                                                  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xinjiang_re-education_camps

                                                                                                                                                                                  • Guffton 22 hours ago
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mekantis 15 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                      National security issues override your freedom to use a spying app by a country's primary geopolitical opponent. That's just how it is. You paint China as this innocent party and the US as the sole aggressor, which is utter hogwash. I'm not sure whether you're intentionally or just ignorantly ignoring all the things China has done and continues to do in the past 20 years such as stealing IP, price dumping, etc. They're not the good guy here and anybody outside China should be wary of them.

                                                                                                                                                                                      • jbgud 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                        >>Neither Apple nor Google have found TikTok problematic enough

                                                                                                                                                                                        Security researchers have found it grossly problematic though.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. https://www.proofpoint.com/us/blog/threat-protection/underst...

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/tiktok-flaws-...

                                                                                                                                                                                        • chillee 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                          Did you read the articles?

                                                                                                                                                                                          From the first link:

                                                                                                                                                                                          > All in all, TikTok should be treated like any social media app: one that can be used with relative safety if you’re aware of the information it gathers and what it does with the data.

                                                                                                                                                                                          The second one seems like a security vulnerability found in TikTok - what separates that vulnerability from say, this one that allowed any user to delete any YouTube video?

                                                                                                                                                                                          https://www.google.com/amp/s/qz.com/374892/google-fixed-a-vu...

                                                                                                                                                                                        • Looks like the bullet list of things we might complain about, almost randomly presented.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Since there's no reasoning presented, I guess there's no point engaging?

                                                                                                                                                                                          • altaria 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                            In this specific case we are dealing with an app that gives a company beholden to our enemy the power to snoop on the behavior of tens of millions of our citizens.

                                                                                                                                                                                            In the real world, when you must take into account the realities of power politics sometimes extraordinary steps have to be taken.

                                                                                                                                                                                            China has been engaging in cyber espionage against the US for decades. Like it or not, we are engaged in a struggle with them because we have fundamentally different political worldviews.

                                                                                                                                                                                            These two worldviews cannot coexist.

                                                                                                                                                                                            • ekianjo 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                              > The President shouldn't have authority to ban anything at all let alone an app available through privately operated app stores.

                                                                                                                                                                                              China routinely ban anything they don't like. How do you feel about that? Do you make appeal to fair competition to them?

                                                                                                                                                                                              • NotSammyHagar 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                My belief is absent some specific illegal behavior, he can't really 'suspend' an app or a company. He can say he will, he can make it difficult for them, but it's probably going to be stopped by a court.

                                                                                                                                                                                                • pldr1234 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                  As someone from a country that has seen the first hand effects of Chinese influence on critical levels of government and social influence:

                                                                                                                                                                                                  This leaves a very good feeling if it happens.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  • s3r3nity 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                    China doesn't allow western companies to operate freely in their country, so why should US shoulder the blame here?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • csomar 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                      There is another possibility: The U.S. government (or Trump) has dirt already on TikTok which might explain why their pressure did work. It's up to speculation why they chose to go this route instead of imploding the whole thing. A possible explanation is preserve Tiktok jobs/app in the U.S. but it became U.S. run and controlled.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Well then China should not actively be sabotaging western businesses and governments through various means. You get what you sow. About time somebody took a hard stance towards the Chinese govt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        • YarickR2 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Good bye Tesla Shanghai factory, then

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • refurb 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Maybe. It’s not like the Chinese aren’t rationale actors either. The US does something and China is no doubt brainstorming what they could do, without hurting themselves or jeopardizing their long term economic plan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Could retaliation include kicking out Tesla? Sure. Would they? Who knows.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        • m0zg 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm old enough to remember how in 2017 people were un-ironically talking about putting Zuck in jail because Russia allegedly ("allegedly" because it was never proven this was state sponsored) spent $100K to organize some pro- and anti-Trump protests on Facebook, and Facebook allowed Cambridge Analytica do essentially the same data harvesting as Obama's campaign in 2012.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          But a Chinese communist party controlled media company with tens of millions of subscribers in the US which was _caught spying_ by both Apple _and_ Google is totally fine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Is election interference and spying done by China good somehow? I don't get what you're arguing here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          For a litmus test, consider whether you'd hypothetically be fine with a massive social network operating on US soil that's run by e.g. USSR, Taliban, ISIS, or North Korea, ahead of what many think is one of the most consequential elections in our lifetimes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • em500 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think what OP is arguing is fairly straightforward: if TikTok violated actual laws, take them to court, if they didn't, leave them alone. Is the USA supposed to be country that respects the rule of law, or a banana republic directed by the whims of some supreme leader?

                                                                                                                                                                                                            • m0zg 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                              The wheels of justice turn too slowly for election interference, which a state controlled company like ByteDance is almost certain to perpetrate. There's even plausible deniability - you could blame it on "algorithms".

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Succinctly, here's why TikTok will get banned: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSTHgoaVtSw

                                                                                                                                                                                                              This is also why Google, Twitter and Facebook will get their asses reamed at some point if they continue doing what they're doing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • javagram 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                > The wheels of justice turn too slowly for election interference

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The logical solution would to start spinning the wheels faster, not take authoritarian action.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Of course, the FEC right now doesn’t even have a quorum and has only had one for about a month in the last year, due to negligence by the President and Congress. It’s obvious the politicians aren’t that concerned about the “wheels of justice” when it comes to election ethics.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                “ Donald Trump nominated James E. Trainor III on September 14, 2017. After he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 19, 2020, the commission's quorum was briefly restored,[8] and one meeting was held online, due to the coronavirus pandemic, on June 18, 2020.[9] A week later, however, Caroline Hunter resigned, with the result that the FEC once again lacked a quorum.[10]”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                • m0zg 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So I take it you'd be fine if, e.g. Yandex (the "Russian Google") entered the market then? Good to know. Or is that different somehow, in your mind?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • javagram 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, as the other person said, Yandex is available in the USA right now. I’ve seen Yandex bots crawling the USA-based websites I manage at my job. And that’s totally fine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We don’t have a great firewall here in the USA. At least not yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • em500 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Entered which market? Yandex works (and has always worked) fine in the US as far as I can tell. I'm not getting your point.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • m0zg 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Social media (AKA "election interference") market. You're only pretending to "not get" my point.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • em500 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It seems that you're presuming that I would have some sort if issue if Yandex were to try to start a FB competitor in the US, which I don't. So I really don't get your point.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FWIW, vk.com already freely operates in the US, and I don't see any problems with that either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            • archsurface 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hong Kong, Huawei, Uighurs, South China Sea, India... Your comment seems to be lacking balance.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • jorblumesea 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I think it's just treating China to their own bad behavior in order for them to "shape up". If they want access to Western markets they need to provide similar openness. There's no obligation to treat China fairly if they do not treat the rest of the world with fairness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                • YarickR2 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  From world policeman to world bully, in 4 short years

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • sudosysgen 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As we've seen recently, policemen are often also bullies. This applies to essentially all monopolies on violence, including the one of the US.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                • volgo 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The interesting thing is that these platforms come and go. One year it’s Vine, another year it’s Snap, now it’s TikTok. ByteDance bought musically for $1B in 2017 and turned it into Tok.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3 years later, it’s grown like crazy because it’s the latest fad and would be smart for them to cash out before the next new thing hits

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The whole divestment thing is probably a godsend for ByteDance, “forcing” them to liquidate their stake, but in reality let’s them cash out on an overhyped app that’s easy to copy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Must be laughing all the way to the bank

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • kerng 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think you underestimate the popularity and potential of TikTok and ByteDance at large.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's like Facebook, maybe around 2010-2012, with enormous upward potential - they might even dethrone Facebook and their offerings in the coming years. For the core Facebook app, I wouldnt be surprised if they did that already in a couple of countries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • philsnow 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The promise of "upward potential" of every one of these social media fads is that it could be the "last" one, the Big One that websites and captures every following generation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Do you think that TikTok is The Big One, that will still be growing at the same rate in ten years' time? I don't.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Myspace and Facebook are shrinking. Some of the users leaving are going to TikTok, sure, but I don't think that means that it's better, it's just hotter right now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • spideymans 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Of course TikTok won’t be growing at the same rate in 10 years time. That doesn’t mean it won’t still be a huge platform, however.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In fact, I’d wager that, it TikTok plays their cards right, the platform could be bigger than YouTube within five years or so. I know it sounds crazy now, but there is nothing that dictates that YouTube’s model is the best for delivering democratized video publishing to the masses.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I find that a lot of these Gen Z kids don’t have the patience to sit thru a five or 10 minute YouTube video (and I can’t really blame them; how much time have you wasted watching YouTube videos that ended up being clickbait garbage?). They’d rather have the information condensed down into a 90 second video, and TikTok is perfectly designed to serve those viewing habits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I know the popular perception of TikTok (from those that don’t use it) is that it just hosts trendy dance videos, but TikTok creators are publishing essentially all the same genres of content we see on YouTube. You can find everything from dance videos to home improvement tutorials on the service. Furthermore, more and more YouTube creators are moving over to TikTok. I view the service as the single biggest threat we’ve seen to YouTube since it’s rise to popularity.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I suspect TikToks next big move will be into YouTube’s bread and butter: official music videos. Their user interaction model lends itself extremely well into music discovery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also, most fundamentally, there’s only 24 hours in a day. Every hour spent on TikTok is one hour not spent on YouTube or a competing service.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • wolco 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          TikTok is not a threat to youtube. Instagram maybe. Everyone has a place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Short videos on youtube are not rewarding and accounts are centered usually around one topic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          On tiktok you follow a person who posts videos.. which are like moving instagram pictures .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Instagram has been pushing videos but people are sharing more live stream longer content.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The next big site will be pornhub meets tiktok. 90 seconds or less x-rated content that is connected to patreon and your tiktok profile

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • spideymans 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            TikTok has essentially three categories of users

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Users that watch, but don’t post anything

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Regular people that just post random things for fun. These people are essentially using it as instagram for video

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. People making relatively high quality content involving specific subject matter (vlogs, food, technology, sports, etc...). Essentially recreating YouTube channels on TikTok.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The service has historically been dominated by category 1 and 2, but we’re seeing more and more of category 3 now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And keep in mind that I’m not saying YouTube will disappear - not in the least. There is space for both services to exist. However, TikTok will be capturing an increasing share of the creators that previously had no choice but to be on YouTube.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • wolco 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Usually they are forced to youtube for the advertising dollars. On twitter or instagram influencers can make a sizable amounts with sponsored posts. Does tiktok have an ad program for content creators? Are tiktok users becoming paid influencers? Do people post sponsored tiktok videos?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • interskh 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yeah once they figure out the monetization part, the ecosystem would be complete. They've been working on that. I don't think it is as efficient yet. But you can also look at Chinese version of tiktok, where they have already a full ecosystem and lots of people making lots of money off the platform.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • spideymans 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              > The next big site will be pornhub meets tiktok. 90 seconds or less x-rated content that is connected to patreon and your tiktok profile

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ha, not sure if this was supposed to be a joke or not, but that’s arguably what lead Tumblr’s rise to prominence, and also their demise when the porn ban was implemented

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • mgraczyk 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Facebook is shrinking in some countries, but globally it is still growing in both usage and activity. Check out their recent quarterly results.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • zanny 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Importantly its because kids don't want to be a part of the "old" culture. They actively reject entering places with an older established demographic because they want to define their own spaces.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tiktok by its nature cannot maintain the momentum it has with kids 14-18 now with the kids that are currently 8-12. They will reject it no matter what Tiktok does because thats how kids are conditioned in the west to behave.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • learc83 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I think it’s less that they won’t to define their own space than that they don’t want to hangout with their parents.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But your point holds either way. Eventually TikTok will become so popular that their parents/grandparents/older siblings will start using it, and it won’t be cool anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • albacur 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The pet rock was a fad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Online companies, like brick and mortar companies, rise and fall. And even if Facebook's best days are behind it, I'm not sure we can call a business that grew for nearly 15 years and is now used by billions of people a "fad." Regardless, it generated unfathomable wealth for its founders, and made thousands of employees financially set for life.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If TikTok could capture that, it doesn't matter if it lasts five years or ten years, the people at the top will become very, very rich.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So I think both commenters above are correct: it has huge potential upside that investors are willing to gamble on, and it probably won't become the next Facebook so it might be worth it for the current owners to cash out now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • kerng 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They can still grow by about 10x (at least I'd say). Wait until they focus or reach other demographics.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • patrickaljord 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              TikTok is not overhyped, it is here to stay, that's why they want to ban it. It's still growing like crazy and is way way more entertaining than any other social network by a long shot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • dkersten 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                > it is here to stay

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That's what I heard about plenty of social platforms like this. Everyone thought Vine was here to stay too. Everyone thought Myspace was here to stay. Snapchat was huge at one point and now I no longer know anybody who still uses it. Maybe it will be like Facebook, but there's a big chance it won't. It's huge now, but its still relatively niche appeal in the grand scheme of tings. These things appear to be fickle. We will see.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • trca 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Just because you don't know anyone that uses Snapchat doesn't make that an authoritative source on popularity of a company. Snap's user base has grown consistently and show's no signs of slowing down, even against increase competition in the space (https://www.statista.com/statistics/545967/snapchat-app-dau/). TikTok is the "Vine replacement" since Vine was bought by Twitter and shutdown. Vine wasn't a "fad" that faded away, it was actively shutdown by its parent company, likely would still exist to this day in a non-insignificant way had that not happen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • mike00632 4 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    SnapChat still isn't profitable. After these years they still haven't figured out how to best monetize their platform are are sustained by their IPO money.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Vine was absurdly popular but couldn't figure out how to monetize short-form video content. I don't see how TikTok is going to overcome these same challenges.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Even YouTube had a long and slow road to profitability. Video is hard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • dkersten 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well, I used to know many people who used it and they have all stopped. I wasn’t basing it on “I don’t know anyone who uses it” but rather “everyone I know who used I no longer does”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • skohan 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Why did twitter shut it down?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • They never monetized it despite Vine getting people to join Twitter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • moscovium 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        > Everyone thought Vine was here to stay too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Vine was loved and was shut down by a part time CEO.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        > Snapchat was huge at one point and now I no longer know anybody who still uses it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        People under 25 still love and use snapchat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tiktok has 80 million MAUs, and is becoming the tool of cultural influence in the same way the Instagram did. I wouldn't underestimate the staying power of tiktok.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • rsa25519 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          > Vine was loved and was shut down by a part time CEO.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yep. Then the community moved to Musical.ly, then to TikTok. Although the company is gone, Vine is still around in spirit. And I think the same applies to TikTok, too

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • op03 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They are fickle sort of like a Hurricane. Feels like over the last 20 year we have learnt how to scale things up quick i.e. spin up a hurricane.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What the hurricane does after its created or whether its controllable at all no one really knows. Making room for the type of characters who will claim they can control hurricanes. Expect these people to show up and disappear as these hurricanes spin up and fizzle out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That said, I just hope figuring out whether hurricanes can be controlled doesn't take too many more years, and happens without too many more unpredictable side effects.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • odyssey7 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            > Maybe it will be like Facebook

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Speaking about Facebook the website (separate from Instagram and WhatsApp), I'd give it 50/50 odds that a major decline in market position will start by 2030. If it doesn't happen, it will be attributed to very strategic leadership.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • wolco 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In 2030?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'd be surprised if aws was around.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If a new phone os didn't take over (at least on the android side)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'd be surprised if the web wasn't still powered by php

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I would be surprised to see rss version 23 make a come back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • m3kw9 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The type of entertainment TikTok provides is getting tiring. Is like fb videos on turbo. Sugar high can only last so long

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Kelteseth 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Maybe you are just not the target audience here? YouTube also has videos like TikTok and it still has a bazillion users...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • eugeniub 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yeah the TikTok core audience and the Hacker News crowd have maybe a 1% overlap.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • WilTimSon 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well, YouTube's core audience isn't going there for TikTok-style content (no judgement on that content either way.) They mostly come for vlogs, let's play's, tutorial videos, video essays, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Also worth noting that YouTube is a money sink so it's not like it's the most lucrative business model.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • xzel 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've heard the argument a few times YouTube actually loses money, besides just being a money sink. Does anyone have anything from Google talking about margins or profit/loss of youtube? I've never been able to find anything concrete on the issue. This is the best I've ever been able to find [1]

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. https://www.theverge.com/2020/2/3/21121207/youtube-google-al...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • hourislate 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It exposes the level of mental illness in America and around the world.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You have teens threatening to kill themselves if it gets banned. What will all these girls do if they can't get some attention and a dopamine hit every few hours. Woman are taking to Tik Tok and posting farewells crying and dancing. Some are even threatening the President.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The app is poison but perhaps it's no worse than Insta, Twatter and FB and all social media.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  How many lives this shit ruins everyday, little by little is unimaginable. People living in the digital world instead of the real one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • pm90 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Please don’t bring this kind of holier than thou preaching to this forum. Just because you’re not the target audience doesn’t mean you can call the users as being “mentally ill”. ALL humans crave dopamine hits (what brought you to this forum?).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dance and music is how a certain demographic of humanity lives to express themselves, and there is an app that lets them do so. What the hell is your problem? Who are you to take it away from them?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • wolco 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You are not the target audience of his comment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I appreciated the comment. It exposed me to something I didn't know was going on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      With regards to "who are you to take it away from them..."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't think the parent poster has that power.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The president does and he may ban it to protect users privacy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Some people are parents of kids who use it and they would have the right to limit where and how their children can express themselves.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Countries like Egpyt are putting girls in jail for dancing on tiktok.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This has all of the making of the next footloose.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • pm90 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The President does not have the power to ban an Internet service. He may order executive agencies to investigate the company and take action based on what they find. There is no (non emergency) statute that allows the President to unilaterally shut down the service.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Parents of kids do have the authority to curtail their children’s online presence. This is not limited to TikTok, it is a common theme across all social media properties.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What Egypt does should not affect what technologies are permitted in the US. China bans Google and Facebook. Should we ban it too? This line of reasoning makes no sense.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • hourislate 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        >what brought you to this forum?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am only here for information/educational reasons, not entertainment. This is more about educating my mind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        >Dance and music is how a certain demographic of humanity lives to express themselves, and there is an app that lets them do so. What the hell is your problem? Who are you to take it away from them?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Maybe you haven't seen all the videos of young ladies threatening to kill themselves if the President goes through with it. Or the 1000's of people who have come to name calling and threats against the President.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't find that normal and I have a problem with it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • pm90 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          > Or the 1000's of people who have come to name calling and threats against the President.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Interesting that you would have an issue with “name calling” and “making threats” when that is all that the current POTUS does on Twitter. That is also a person who has real power, so the threats are not idle. By your own measure, Twitter should be banned before tiktok.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • phatfish 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Maybe Hacker News is next on Trumps ban list. Would you be happy about that?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also, I would think carefully how productive your time spend here really is. Is surfing and commenting on HN providing any substantial "education"?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Personally i find it an entertaining way to waste some time, that does now and then enlighten me on a topic I didn't know about before, and have cause to want to learn more. But any real knowledge gained is through effort outside of HN.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • summitsummit 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          if my life is going to get ruined anyway, I'd prefer to choose the option to pick my poison than to take the government/corporate mandated one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • akhilcacharya 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm 24 and my iPhone tells me I spend 2 hours on TikTok a day. This is up from about a year and a half ago, when i consumed it exclusively in YouTube compilations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Their targeting and algorithmic curation is extremely, scary good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • CPLX 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The most successful global consumer-facing company in world history sells sugar water.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • reaperducer 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If you mean Coca Cola, you're wrong.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • ascar 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If anything he would mean Pepsi, which is twice as big as Coca Cola (based on revenue). However, that you immediately think about Coca-Cola speaks for their superior branding.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • learc83 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Is that based on soft drink revenues or because Pepsi owns dozens of other non soft drink companies?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • hackstack 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Can you support this with a counter example? This statement by itself is a bit of a tease!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • oblio 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If he's basing his comment on the source, he probably means that Apple has a higher market cap.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • tmathmeyer 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    why? coke is easily the most recognized brand on the planet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • rvz 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The problem is with this specific demographic is they will grow out of TikTok and eventually stop using it due to fatigue or strange reasons like their parents joining in.*

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This happened with Snap, Vine, YikYak, etc. They will just move on to the next social network craze that doesn't have their parents, grandparents or their next door neighbours friending you. Rinse and repeat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * The exception to this rule is unless your parents is a Kardashian / West, Musk, or an Obama or some other famous celebrity.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • shigawire 21 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  YikYak killed itself with changes that no on wanted or needed. Vine was killed by Twitter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Otherwise I agree in principle but your examples aren't good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • enricozb 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  > it's here to stay

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Would you be surprised if it just disappears in a year or two, like Vine, Orkut, Myspace, and other "giants" of their day did? I personally wouldn't because these things just come and go. I think it's really hard to make the claim that "it's here to stay".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • cscurmudgeon 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    > TikTok is not overhyped, it is here to stay

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The only constant in social apps is that the "apps that are here to stay" do not stay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • untog 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Couldn’t you have said the same about Snapchat a few years ago? Not that it’s about to shut down, but it’s definitely not the white hot app it was hyped to be.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • skohan 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Snapchat is a very different use-case. Snapchat was built on being a sort of anti-social-media. It's all about ephemeral content, and not making it easy for content to be shared widely. TikTok has a lot more going for it in terms of intrinsic properties built around bringing more users into the platform. Snapchat is about having a more low-pressure online presence, TikTok is a "look at me" platform.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TikTok is a lot more analogous to Instagram: where Instagram used filters to allow normal people to create much more appealing photos, TikTok's music licensing allows average users to create videos with a much stronger emotional appeal than they can get on other platforms.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • patrickaljord 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've tried Snapchat, never felt the same thing I'm getting with TikTok. TikTok is not being hyped to me, I genuinely get a good laugh out of it everytime I open it. Never had that with Snap or really any other social network. This is huge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • jaybeeayyy 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am very torn on this. On one hand, these types of apps do come and go quickly. On the other, everyone I've met that spends time on TikTok thoroughly enjoys the content far more than they ever have on any other app...it's almost a bit bizarre. My fiancee will be in tears laughing for hours some nights and it's unlike anything I've ever seen. My family never shared vines or youtube videos but now our group chat is completely full of TikTok links. I think people are underestimating how much people seriously love TikTok of all ages, races, classes etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • dakiol 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've had exactly the opposite experience. What does your comment and mine tell us? Absolutely nothing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • zerowangtwo 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I don't think there's ever been a social media platform as widely loved but its users as TikTok, ever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • untog 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That’s your personal experience. But I can guarantee that if you rewind a few years you’d be able to find many people who would say that Snapchat gave them the kind of experience Instagram never did, or whatever. Snapchat was huge. TikTok is huge. But there’s no guarantee of permenance.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • patrickaljord 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Snap never got to the level of TikTok and it was always really niche but mostly, it required IRL friends to send awkward Snaps too. TikTok doesn't have this limitation and is the lowest friction to entertainment social media ever. Of course, nothing is forever, even Facebook, but as far a these things go, TikTok was in for the long shot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • yushuf 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    People don't realize how addicted a lot of people are to Tik Tok. It's scary in terms of thinking how much time is 'wasted', but in terms of a product, it can reach the popularity of Youtube.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • seppin 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It will suck eventually, politics and boomers will arrive and ruin it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • ta17711771 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                > way way more entertaining than any other social network by a long shot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ahahaha

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • meddlepal 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                > an overhyped app that’s easy to copy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If only I could have a nickel every time someone on HN says something like this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This site sometimes... smh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Sivart13 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I heard people say this about Facebook for years, that it was just the next Myspace and it would be gone in a year. Platforms are temporary until they're not.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • oblio 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The thing is, people really mistake the Wild West days of a market with the mature days. People were saying the same thing about Windows, for example, back in the 1990s. Stuff like:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "Back in the day we had Commodore and Amiga and many other platforms that slowly died, Windows will go their way. Unix will outlast it and kill it off."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    30 years later and you could base a Fortune 500 company off of Windows, alone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Same story with Facebook. People are comparing things to the pre-Facebook days without realizing that social media is a lot more mature now. They're presenting Snapchat as a failure when it's still growing (in users and revenue), Orkut as an example of a rise and fall when it was only popular in Brazil, while Tik Tok is global.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tik Tok seems to have carved a niche in a pretty mature market. That's hard to do.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • AlexandrB 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      So is Facebook temporary and TikTok is going to take over or is Facebook here to stay and TikTok is temporary? This seems like a zero-sum game for the most part.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • patrickaljord 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's not, Facebook is mostly email with pictures and is here to stay. TikTok may be eating Instagram's lunch though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • jmcgough 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This isn't laughing, it's desperation. Either they get bought now or they lose everything. India already banned them and they're terrified of a repeat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think over time social networks have found more stable userbases. Facebook isn't going anywhere, neither are Instagram or (unless the feds intervene) TikTok. It's not like it was in the early days where everyone abandoned the old platform, because the new one was so much better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • paganel 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        FB has become an “over-40” thing in my country, younger people only use it now for messaging (WhatsApp is still preferred, though).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • aledalgrande 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The interesting thing is that US has bigger problems than TikTok right now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • dealpete 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You have a gift for understatement.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • cjsawyer 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I see that as the point in Trump’s timing. What other story is being ignoring by focusing on this?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • gmantg 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              An attempt to delay elections?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • iliveinchina 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You are likely underestimating the staying power of ByteDance. They have a portfolio of successful apps within China, such as Toutiao, and have probably overtaken Baidu to be the 3rd most important software company in China (after Alibaba and Tencent). Unlike Vine or Snap, they have a lot of e-commerce revenue and are a major sales platform.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Should they be allowed to continue expanding internationally, something like a Facebook or Amazon peer would be the more relevant comparison.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • one_electron 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "easy to copy" isn't really a factor here tbh, seeing how tiktok (along with vine, snap, facebook, etc) is a classic example of network effects.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • paganel 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Snap and Vine have never been a thing like TikTok currently is in my country. The previous social networks that were as hyped and as used as TikTok were FB and IG.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • MangoCoffee 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  >it’s the latest fad and would be smart for them to cash out before the next new thing hits

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i used to think FB is just a fad but its been 16 years and it is still going. Not as fancy as it once was but enough to make billions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  who to say TikTok won't last? if it last more than 10 years. its already earn back all its cost and some more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • baby 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    On one hand I want to agree with you, on the other hand I recognize that you are probably the same age or older as me and we are old goofs that probably don't understand what constitute something that is going to work for the generations after ours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • ffggvv 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i don’t think snap is dead. not sure why people keep lumping it in with vine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      that’s like saying twitter is dead

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • golergka 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        > 3 years later, it’s grown like crazy because it’s the latest fad and would be smart for them to cash out before the next new thing hits

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That's exactly the thoughts I had in 2010 about Facebook's 10 billion valuation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • pknerd 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        US is doing with China what China did with them. American VCs and business men used to criticize and mock Chinese government for it. Since US is following the footsteps of China, I wonder whether Chinese will be doing what US VCs did?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • RavlaAlvar 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If US successfully force China to open market, that would be a win for everyone. Of course though, this situation would only occur in fantasy land.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • tslling 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I don't think this will make China more open, because even banning Huawei did not make China reflect on its open policy. IMO, Huawei is more close to Chinese government compred to Bytedance, and I saw much less comments from top officer or state-owned medias about this acquisition compraed to that about Huawei.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • robert_foss 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thinking that US market forces will open the chinese market after decades of failing to have that effect seems rather naive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • jariel 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's not 'US market forces' that will open China, and it never was.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It was the opportunity to expand into global economic markets, with a certain perspective in mind, ballpark along the lines of Western Liberal Democracy and Economy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Asian countries that followed this path after WW2 were enormously succesfull: South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They are basically beacons of prosperity surrounded by economic mayhem.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                China chose 'it's own path' - which is fine - and there are probably many advantages to the central planning early on (those other nations did that, Korea was an authoritarian state and then opened eventually, kind of 'part of a plan') - but of course the CCP has another agenda, they don't want to cede power, and China has a different historical view of itself which is not just a function of CCP propaganda.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I think it is literally at this very point wherein the 'advantage' of autocracy is starting to be a disadvantage, and that a degree of opening up would actually beneficial.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Basically - once you get the 'easy investments' done - like roads, bridges, and you succesfull rip off everyone else's IP and are 'to some extent caught up' - then the plan starts to falter. At some point, you have to 'lead' - and it takes a different kind of approach. At least in many areas, though we should not underestimate them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There are no obvious economic choices for China now and their 'old plan' won't work. Putting Uyghers in jail, grabbing S. China sea, getting into pissing matches with India and Japan - none of this will bear fruits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The 'Belt and Road' is actually one 'grand strategy' that a central power like China could have that America could never have (takes a couple decades of consistent vision) - but it seems that the heavy handedness and deep corruption of the system won't allow for it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Geopolitically, people 'love to hate on America' in the press and in propaganda, but when 'push comes to shove' there is nobody who doesn't understand what side they would rather be on, both pragmatically and for the sake of the good of everyone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Though Trump is a dufous and blow-hard (sorry), he is actually the only Western leader with the 'crazy like a fox' to take on China, and he's absolutely right to ban TikTok and other entities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Basically - the West needs to apply trade rules with China that are exactly tit for tat: China doesn't allow foreign competition in certain areas - then we ban that. They don't allow ownership, then we ban that. They have a lot of controls over content, then we do as well - we ban everything remotely related to the Chinese state. They require foreign companies to fork over IP, and then give it to local champions - then we do as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Imagine how the world would react if the US required Huawei to give up all it's IP, held it up in bureaucracy for years, while they gave the IP to Cisco, and then the Treasury and the Fed financed Cisco and their international customers, while the US diplomatic corps acted both as a sales team for Cisco, and did economic espionage to thwart competitors outright?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That would be 'fair'.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There is a Canadian company [1] that lost a contract to the Canadian government for airport scanners - the Chinese bid was 25% lower. The complaint was that the Canadian company would never be allowed to bid on such a sensitive contract in China, moreover, there were state subsidies. How on earth is this fair or free trade? It's not. If China won't allow external bidders for airport security tools - we don't allow them either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's really almost a paradox to understand why even China has been able to maintain such a lop-sided advantage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It started 30 years ago, when China was so poor that the West basically accepted the asymmetrical terms of trade. Like a frog in cool water that's getting warmer never thinks to jump out - Western entities have not been able to 'get it together' to change the terms. China has been acting very aggressively against anyone who speaks out, and of course, we have the useful idiots in the West who will proclaim that any antagonism towards China must be 'racism' etc..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's just only right now starting to cross a tipping point wherein you see bits of world leaders actually starting to push back collectiely. Merkel or Trudeau might say one small thing, then they see the reaction, then others will say something else.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                COVID and the China coverup has presented basically a catalyst for this, wherein it has been fully legit to publicly criticise China because they did act poorly and it cost ostensibly a lot of lives.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Though the Dems actually have not really been against Trump's China aggression, they may not be likely to spearhead it. They are just far to 'systematically naive'. Even if many Dems individually realise what needs to be done - they do not, organisationally, have the political will. Biden might say a few things here and there, but the momentum is unlikely to continue. It takes a certain kind of 'political courage' and consistently so - with a lot of people on board to re-articulate the relationship with China - I'm wary that Biden & his team will be able to do it. Their economic team I feel just won't have enough true hardball players and I don't mean 'jerks for the sake of being jerks' - I mean 'realpolitik' players who can apply the hard rules necessary with China, that would otherwise seem out of place in a modern world.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Have a quick glance at the difference between Obama/Trump trade advisors Froman [2] and Navarro [3]. Night and Day. (FYI I'm not saying I support either, just highlighting the difference)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                [1] https://nationalpost.com/news/chinese-government-owned-firm-...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                [2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Froman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                [3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Navarro

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • alasdair_ 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Some really good points here. I suspect the downvotes are due to the “China coverup” part where people are assuming you are talking about conspiracy theories related to the Wuhan lab, rather than the more general initial coverup where the CCP decided to arrest doctors for telling people about the virus.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • moneywoes 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not sure why you're getting down voted but does anything genuinely think trade has been fair for the US, Canada and China? Would love to hear the opposing side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The US isn't a monolith. Shareholder certainly benefited from lower manufacturing costs, but people employed in dying industries suffered enormously. Maybe in a hypothetical world where the profits were shared equitably, that would have been a good deal for the US as a whole. Seems to me like a case of moral hazard - investors are making decisions that affect the long-term health of the country without bearing any of the consequences themselves.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • novok 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There is a segment on HN that reflexively down votes things criticizing china. I've noticed it in my own posts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (this one got downvoted too, unique to the china ones ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • pasabagi 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I also like the grandparent post, but I'll take a crack at presenting an opposing side. The idea of a lopsided trading relationship, with the US being the losers, and China the winners, seems a bit dubious to me. Chinese companies work because they have cheap labour, a lot of talent, and massive economies of scale. Blaming the demise of US industry on China is absurd - US industry started declining in the 80's, because neo-liberal economics basically amounts to industrial sabotage on the policy level. Every country that went hard neoliberal has very little industry today, while the few that didn't (Germany, France, Japan) still have very competitive industry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The idea of unfair trade is also a bit of a mercantilist trope, so I'm not sure it makes sense on its own terms - but at the very least, it's normally something that requires an unequal relationship between trading partners. Like, I think it would be fair to say that trade deals between first and third world nations are often unfair, because there are ample opportunities for one party to lean on the other. This obviously isn't so between the US and China. If there are conditions that favour Chinese companies, it's because of policies that were, at the time, thought to benefit the US - and which probably do benefit the US, at least insofar as GDP growth is concerned (the US has remained pretty good in this arena).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Trump's whole schtick of 'bring back coal' comes to mind here. Obviously, you could hammer out a trade agreement that would end up with coal mines reopening in Wyoming, with steelworks in Pittsburgh - but would it actually help the US?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          As for the whole question of whether or not China is 'playing dirty', or muscling their way through established norms, I think it's obviously not the case - or at least, it's by no means the case that China plays more dirty than anybody else - least of all the US.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think the politics of China do deserve a great deal of scrutiny, and if there's something that the west should be putting pressure on them for, it's the slide into totalitarianism we've witnessed over the last few years. However, all the stuff about trade seems two parts grandstanding and one part hypocrisy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • jariel 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'll answer the question in a more standard way, and disagree with your points along the way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            'Fair Trade' does not have to be 'Trade on Equal Terms'.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That is how the relationship started: China was 'very poor' and so the asymmetrical trade rules made sense. Pepsi and Coke and a few others had access to China market, people 'looked the other way' at the IP issues.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But in 2020, China is in a different situation, and the asymmetrical rules are basically 'not fair'.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "The idea of unfair trade is also a bit of a mercantilist trope,"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This is false.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If one nation is allowed to sell into the other, but does not allow the other to sell to it - this is 'unfair trade'. Blatantly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If one nation uses state subsidies to support fledgling industries, so that they can dump on foreign markets and 'take over the global industry' - this is obviously unfair trade. China did this with Solar Panel market - subsidising their industry to flood America with cheap products, putting everyone out of business etc.. This is not a 'new' idea, these concepts have been well understood for hundreds of years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "Blaming the demise of US industry on China is absurd "

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nobody is 'blaming' US economic issues on the US. What I'm articulating is that China is effectively 'cheating' (or rather, has an obvious upper hand) and it needs to be rectified.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "As for the whole question of whether or not China is 'playing dirty', or muscling their way through established norms, I think it's obviously not the case - or at least, it's by no means the case that China plays more dirty than anybody else - least of all the US."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This is again false. We can call it 'dirty' or not - but China plays 'extremely protectionalist' first off, second, they have state intervention, which is not suitable for trade.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There are a million and one things that the US cannot do in China, but that China can do in the US. This is blatantly lop-sided. The US should apply the same rules to China as China does to the US.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Second, and more nuanced, is the state intervention. Again, the example:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Imagine if the US forced Huawei to give designs and IP over to Cisco, and the US Pres had direct authority over major banks, ordered JP Morgan to finance Cisco buyers in Brasil, Germany etc. - and for liquidity, ordered the US Federal Reserve to print money for that purpose. It sounds incredibly bizarre, right? Well that's what China does today!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So it's fine for them to play the game they want to play, but the West needs to respond in kind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This has little to do with 'bringing back coal mines' obviously. But it may have something to do with bringing back manufacturing - in a highly automated way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "about trade seems two parts grandstanding and one part hypocrisy."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            No it's not, generally speaking the US is pretty good on these things, and has fostered a lot of very important international agreements and ideas along these lines as well. Of course, trade really does benefit the US a lot, so it's to a great extent self interest, but still.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The world needs to trade with China on somewhat different terms.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • viewbase 20 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's funny seeing Singapore, Korea and Japan labelled as a "Western Liberal Democracy" and taking credit for their success.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Guess which other countries have democracy? India, Philippines, Indonesia.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • You cited various Asian countries, but literally every one of those countries paved the same path as China. Authoritarianism with protectionism (as allowed by the rules of WTO developing nations), followed by economic prosperity and democratization.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • viewbase 4 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Singapore is known for being an authoritarian nanny state and now we are calling them a "western liberal democracy" and taking credit for their success.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also, Hong Kong never had democracy under British rule. All 28 Hong Kong governors were British residents who were picked by London and parachuted into their jobs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Governor_of_Hong_Kong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • khuey 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Xi Jinping has made it very clear that China is not going to follow the authoritarianism -> democratization part of that pipeline under his watch and other countries are reacting accordingly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • ericmay 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Active versus passive approach

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • chenzhekl 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't think this move has anything to do with forcing China to open the market.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • peacefulhat 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Making the US less open will not make China more open.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • generatorguy 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What if the US and allies are Less open to China, and offer to me more open again if China also is more open?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • peacefulhat 16 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Do you think this art of the deal stuff is really working out even between America and its allies? It's giving them second thoughts on depending on America for trade and even defense. It won't work with China either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • moneywoes 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Can you fill us in what they did for those who are uninformed?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • sushshshsh 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chinese government didn't allow people in China to use US services (Google, Twitter, FB) and instead invested and marketed Chinese "clones" of these businesses (Tencent, Weibo, Baidu).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Now that the Chinese owned TikTok is such a desirable app to use in the USA, the US government is blocking it in a similar fashion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  To be honest it's all quite petty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • temporalparts 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I wouldn't call it petty; these platforms control access to information and there's a huge ideological (figurative) battle between the US and China.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • dalbasal 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Access to information is a euphemistic way of putting it. Another way of putting it would be control over the delivery of information...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's all getting very Orwellian.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • hh3k0 1 day ago
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • hw 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wouldn't this embolden other countries to ban US made apps or tech unless they 'sell' a stake to their local companies? EU for example.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Where have you heard the US government is blocking the app? The gigantic security issues have been because the US government doesn't block apps like this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It can forbid government workers from using it on government-provided devices. This is sensible due to the capabilities for arbitrary code execution and the full permissions to the device the app requires of the user. Amazon has done that with their employees as well. But the US government doesn't have a Great Firewall. Even if they wanted to, they couldn't ban or block it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Edit: Apologies. I mistook the unlikelihood of anything like this being effective as reason enough for no one (let alone the President) to make statements like this. I stand corrected.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • bluk 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            One other minor correction is that Amazon walked back on banning TikTok explicitly on their company devices.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            https://www.theverge.com/2020/7/10/21320196/amazon-employees...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • untog 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It was a huge story yesterday that Trump has said he’s going to ban it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And while it’s not clear exactly how they’d ban it, it certainly isn’t impossible. They could tell major telcos to block IP ranges. Or tell Apple and Google to pull the app. Everyone involved could just say no to the government but it’s not all that clear that they would.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • sushshshsh 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Considering the government strong armed Google into not interacting with Huawei, and considering many other governments have done IP bans / app store removal pressure, I find it a bit funny that the original reply was saying "who said the government will block TikTok?", as if that wasn't news directly from the President's mouth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • I don't read Twitter... I especially don't read the President's tweets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • sushshshsh 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fair point, however it was blasted all over CNBC and etc, maybe I need to read the news less and my programming reference manuals more as a better use of my time

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • I placed an edit with an apology in my original comment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sigh. We're living in an Onion story.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • traek 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Do you read TFA? Because this info was in the first sentence.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ha. President Trump tweets a lot of stuff that fails to take reality into account.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Personally, I hold anything said on Twitter to be at the same level of informational trust as something said in general chat in an on-line game.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The President may think he's playing a MMORPG, but I can thankfully shut the chat window.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • rtx 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't think primary driver for this move is US it looks like to be coming from the Indian ban. India had 120 million active TikTok users. It was one of the fastest growing apps there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • volgo 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not really. India really has very little clout in today’s digital economy. There’s a ton of users, but very little money to be made there since it’s a relatively poor country

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • xeromal 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh how the turn tables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • ktln2 17 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chinese always has the freedom to criticize and mock US government - as long as you are not targeting Chinese government you are fine ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • ativzzz 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They criticize and mock the government, yet they do what the govt tells them anyway, because money. Looks like Chinese businessmen are willing to do the same.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • bigpumpkin 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      AirBnB's business in China doesn't look so attractive anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • oh_sigh 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This sounds like the tat in tit-for-tat. Would the tat have happened if the tit didn't?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • jorblumesea 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I don't think the US is necessarily doing it permanently. Likely this is a short term geopolitical tactic to get China to play a little fairer on the field. It was always weird how this double standard existed where China would block Western companies but demand free access to Western markets. This is just tit for tat. Also, I don't think this is a "Trump" thing (although he has accelerated the process), relations between the US and China were already on the decline starting with Obama's first term.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I don't think it will be successful, I think China has made it very clear they will continue to play the US time and time again until they are dominant. The CCP will accept nothing but that. But that's the thinking behind the current moves.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • vmception 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Careful there, someone is going to dismiss your completely valid observation because it happens to be a geopolitical context.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • mrtksn 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Which also means USA is doing with it's citizens what China did with theirs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You will regret having the government choosing your apps and websites. Your jubilee will turn into sorrow, the Chinese way of life business is not a good life. You will regret becoming a China.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • orangecat 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You will regret having the government choosing your apps and websites.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I agree, but this isn't far off from the GDPR and similar laws that take the view that individuals aren't competent to decide for themselves what privacy policies are acceptable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • brandonmenc 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Future startup biz strategy:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chinese company makes huge viral app for the US market, and lets everyone stoke rumors that it's a spying platform. US gov't tosses a huge subsidy at whatever domestic company can acquire it at any cost - in the interest of national defense - resulting in massive overvalued purchase. China pockets the profits. Rinse, repeat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • smilekzs 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                But isn't it more likely that said Chinese company will have little to none leverage in the talks, because the choice is between getting banned or getting bought at a token (read: undervalued) price?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Spivak 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Potentially but their negotiating position is shutting down completely which would be a loss for a potential acquiring company. I'm sure that TT stole some users from YT, IG, and Tumblr but largely creators are posting everywhere so their existence just increases the size of the pie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • cma 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That assumes the buyers aren't in competition with each other, and just one possible buyer is pre-chosen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • LordFast 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Selling paranoia is good business these days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • nkingsy 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you can build a huge viral app, you’re already a billionaire.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • schuke 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I wonder if anyone know that TikTok is currently actively blocking access from Chinese users. Even with a US Apple ID, even with a VPN/Shadowsocks service, you cannot sign up TikTok as long as your phone is using a Chinese SIM card. I have to use an iPad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What you have is something the internet has never seen: unlike Google having to censor its content within China, you now have a allegedly independent US company actively censoring the Chinese people on a social network that identifies itself as non-political, on US (or Free World) soil.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This is a type of censorship that's far worse than anything Google or Yahoo or Microsoft ever had to do. Imagine more and more Chinese-owned companies doing this world wide. This is just absolutely ugly practice that shouldn't be allowed to proliferate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's not only a national security issue. It's also a human rights hazard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • fermienrico 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Umm...there is nothing remarkable about this. CCP wants their citizens to use a vetted service, that’s in full control and has surveillance capabilities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They already ban YouTube, Google, Facebook, Instagram, etc. amongst many other sites.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tiktok has a local version for Chinese users I believe and Tiktok wants to make sure Chinese users do not sign up for international version of Tiktok app.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tiktok is owned by ByteDance which is not a US firm. It’s based in China.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Am I missing something?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • schuke 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They used to do this within Chinese jurisdiction. Now they're doing it on United State soil.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • tom-_- 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            FB, Google etc are also blocked when using a Chinese telecom's SIM card on "US soil" so what is the difference here?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • schuke 23 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              TikTok blocks itself. Others are blocked by the government. Name another major application/social network that does the same?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • tom-_- 12 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I don't know of any but I also wouldn't be surprised if there were. The NBA and American movie production companies already censor in the US as concession to access the Chinese markets. Not arguing this is a good thing mind you, just that it may not be unprecedented.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • MangoCoffee 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Some people here think TikTok is a fad. I used to think FB is a fad but 16 years later. FB is still here. Not as shiny as it used to be but enough to make billions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't know if TikTok is a fad and you don't either. If TikTok last more than 10 years. It already make back its cost and some more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Heck, Snap is still around and it used to be a meme stock on WallStreetBets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Latty 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm always suspicious of anyone who says "this is a fad" who treats the thing with disdain. If you don't understand what people like about the thing, it seems unlikely you will be able to identify if that desire is going to fade quickly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • hhsuey 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Agreed. Fad is a bit too much. However, maybe 5 or 10 more years. I think more and more people are moving away each year. It seems like it's my (older generation) that uses it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Tired of the apologists for China. They have been taking advantage of our Western tradition of openness for far too long.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • chvid 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Great policy. The EU needs to do the same with American big tech.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • plandis 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The government dictating how businesses are allowed to interact with its citizens is a statement that equally applies to both the US banning TikTok and GDPR.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • bigpumpkin 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What did Merkel do when the US spied on her phone?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • sschueller 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    She said that the internet is "Neuland"...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • jariel 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If the EU banned American big tech, they'd be set aback 20 years. Of course where would be a populist revolution.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The difference between the EU and US on this matter, is that the EU has almost no substitutes, and they just don't - for whatever reason (there are many) have he will to do them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And of course there's no point - what FB is doing is no different from what a EU-based FB would do.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • kolinko 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've been doing tech in Poland since ~2002 and it's not true.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We had a counterpart for I think every single US-based service, but most sites didn't survive the competition. Right now only eBay failed to enter our market (they tried, but the local Allegro won out).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Personally, I'm not the fan of the local copycats - because of their local scale they couldn't really get enough profit/investment to grow the tech just as much. But still - at least in Poland, it's not true that there were no substitutes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • baby 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        > If the EU banned American big tech, they'd be set aback 20 years. Of course where would be a populist revolution.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Be more specific. I remember a time where dailymotion was mocking Youtube as a money blackhole due to its shitty tech. Lots of startups people in the US use are from Europe (Spotify). Lots of startups that exist in Europe don't even exist in the US, or don't get that much traction in the US (monzo, revolut, blablacar, thetrainline, toogoodtogo, etc.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        > And of course there's no point - what FB is doing is no different from what a EU-based FB would do.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        there is so much wrong in this sentence. By being a US company FB is run much more differently. Control of information.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • yangcheng 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's easy to create those apps when there is no external competition. China created every major internet service U.S has. EU can easily do the same. The point is FB pay tax to US, and a EU-based FB will pay tax to EU. EU actually want to copy GFW , see https://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2020/6487...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • jariel 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Unfortunately, all of these answers are off the mark.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A) Europe has tons of bright people and tons of technical talent - this is not the ussie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            B) Governments don't create stuff. So the 'EU' is barely a government it's not 'they' who can go and make something, or 'have it made'. Even the US gov. would suck bad at copying FB. Granted, if there were no competition, substitutes would arrive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            C) Europe does not have quite the dynamic leadership exhibited in the Valley. Maybe there would be something pop up, but it probably would be a bad clone, it might not have all the nimble features. FB advertising engine is complex, massive, they have huge ad sales division. This is the $$$ the pays for everything.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            D) EU is still highly fragmented, and not an immigrant place like SV. Better to think of SV as really a 'global centre' that happens to be in America. Tons of talent from around the world, they come for the money and adventure, not so much to be 'American'.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            E) Europeans value quality of life a lot, and in some things it's fine, but in some industries ... it means less competitive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            F) Europe esp. Germany, does not 'get' software in the way SV does.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So Europe has all the pieces but they are not quite aligned.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's not at all 'easy' to fire on all cylinders and create amazing new experiences.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ByteDance et. al. have zillions of workers, working cheaply, often 7 days a week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So Europe is good at R&D, Hardware, Lifestyle stuff, and stuff that doesn't need huge scale and major talent depth, things that don't move 24/7.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But EU is not going to build something 'better' than FB or Google anytime soon. But they discover good drugs and make good cars etc..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • chenzhekl 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Do you really think EU is not capable of creating similar services?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • admin_account 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              From a technical standpoint, no. From a cultural standpoint, yes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • the EU would use yandex and VK. They are decent enough substitutes for google and FB , and of course the extra attention would make them better. There is enough money in the EU to buy them. There are already popular alternatives to US messaging apps, e.g. Viber.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • oscargrouch 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You know there is this movement called open source software right? With it not only a lot of strategical pieces of software are available to anyone to modify, but it also allowed people all over the world to contribute to them. This means that not only Europe but other parts of the world have people with enough knowledge to not only contribute, combine and use those things but also to 'push the envelope' in research and development.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BTW, a more decentralized, organic tech world, is something we should try to achieve, because as we are seeing now, there are no safe heavens for anything, anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We should think more like human beings and less with nationalistic mentality, because all i've seeing til now, is nationalistic values being use not just to undermine other countries, but also undermine the nationalistic's own country.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If there's one valuable lesson history teach us, is that even the Rome empire, comparatively much powerful than anything we have now, started to fall when they corrupted the core values that served as a foundation of the Roman empire.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And nationalistic, the "we are better than everyone else", walls, stupid wars, etc..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                But lets not forget an important difference here, right now all the achievements, the culture, the universities, the internet, the knowledge is widespread all over the world..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This is a pandora box effect, that once opened, cannot be closed anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So even if the US totally closed itself to the world, im pretty sure the world would keep moving forward, and once this Donald Trump version of US lost it all and tried to become part of the world again, im pretty sure, it would be welcomed with open arms, and a catch up path would be offered to try to recover what was lost along the way. A sort of "Marshall plan" only that this time it would be to put the US back on their feet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I hope the US dont keep going through this path that only leads to self-destruction..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • quantum_state 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The government's behavior should not be allowed in a country of rule of law. We should all wake up to defend our God given right to use apps we like. Guys, please don't fall into the trap of us vs them. The governments are all bullying us, the people. They raised tariff in the name of whatever, yet in reality, they collect more tax and we pay more for goods we need. The same goes with banning apps. The reality is that we are being stripped away more and more choices and freedom. So, we the people need to wake up and stand against it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • nouveaux 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Or people need to wake up to the security threat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This is not about us vs them. No apps from Australia, Europe or Africa are on the list of banned apps. Its China where in order to do business there, you have to give the government access to your trade secrets and full server access without a warrant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                While its possible for any company to succumb to government pressure for unreasonable access, it is a prerequisite to do so in China. The world knows this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hong Kong's new national security law is plenty proof that China is not a genuine partner and is a bad faith actor. Your right to look at TikTok videos does not trump anyone else's right for security.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • javagram 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This isn’t about Chinese control, considering the President dismissed allowing Microsoft to buy the app.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Microsoft is a US company.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • horsemessiah 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The solution would be to pass a law akin to the GDPR then. There is no need to go through executive action.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The U.S. is not supposed to be authoritarian like China is.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 0xy 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GDPR wouldn't block Tik Tok's data extraction practices, nor is it effective legislation at all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GDPR is simply EU tech protectionism, nothing more. All it gave consumers was infuriating cookie nag screens.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GDPR utterly failed to prevent data brokers from operating with impunity in Germany and other EU nations. Your cell phone location data is still openly sold when you live in the EU. It's useless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • nouveaux 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As far as I understand it, GDPR is personal privacy. I believe the US concern is one of national security.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It has already been established that social media has problems with national security when the company is owned by US. It is likely to be more problematic if it is owned by a country that continues to undermine us with espionage and Cold War tactics.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think protecting our national security is not authoritarianism.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • wolco 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You are the government. You made these laws to protect you. Tariffs allow key industries to remain active in countries with a high dollar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • nardi 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The real reason behind this is that TikTok teens ruined his Tulsa rally and now he wants to get back at them. Simple as that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • jjcon 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So why did India already ban it and why is Australia and Japan in talks to ban it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • nardi 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I’m not saying there aren’t good reasons to ban it, I’m just saying that’s not why Trump is doing it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • dillonmckay 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This makes the most sense, and why Zoom is not being given the same attention.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • myspamdeli 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It’s pretty clear the US gvt doesn’t care about the monopolistic practices by big tech, the privacy concerns of TikTok, or that CCP has access to user data. It’s their lack of access to the private user data of this hugely popular app they lack and are after.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Having MSFT buy it means they’ll have a back door to TikTok content immediately just like they do Skype. The US 3 letter agencies have been gunning for this ever since the app blew up, and unlike all the valley apps they have had no access to its user data.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • balola 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This is a game America can't win, either way the CCP gets to keep the upper hand, everpresent threat or discrediting entirely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • rgrs 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            How?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            When China doesnt open up its fire wall for US apps, why should US allow Chinese?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • balola 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              When billions of people believe something, it will become a "fact".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Right now the public opinion in China (not mine) is that India and America are hypocritical bullies and abusing the "national security" excuse, while China "never banned" any foreign web services, those "simply refused to comply with Chinese laws regarding terrorism" and their "inaccessibility" totally justified.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You see, here's the logical trap, Tiktok ostensibly didn't refuse to comply with any foreign law, and it will do any "dirty work" if being asked to (unlike foreign companies in China), so by this logic, it's a model citizen and the ban is unjustified and ridiculous. This plays right into the party's hands, right into its "century of humiliation" ideology.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              >why should US allow Chinese?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So here's the catch, the CCP sabotaged and overthrew the Chinese Nationalist Party (now Taiwan) government exactly by exploiting its liberal constitution and free speech, the lesson they learned from that epic success is that never allow these freedom, China never touted freedom and rights so it doesn't matter, while the US being the democracy beacon breaching it has everything to lose.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • khuey 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Why should US policy makers care what Chinese public opinion is?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • balola 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Don't have to, but unless the policy is seperate the people and the party and win over the people.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  https://www.state.gov/communist-china-and-the-free-worlds-fu...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  >He was a brilliant student of China, a fierce cold warrior, and a tremendous admirer of the Chinese people, just as I think we all are.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  >We must also engage and empower the Chinese people – a dynamic, freedom-loving people who are completely distinct from the Chinese Communist Party.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  >So to somehow think that we ought to ignore the voices of the people of China seems to me the wrong approach... But it seems to me we would dishonor ourselves and the people of China if we ignored them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • stale2002 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    > Don't have to, but unless the policy is seperate the people and the party and win over the people.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I am not sure why that would be the US's problem.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have no doubt the that CCP will be able to control the media narrative within their own country. I just don't care. That was always going to be the case.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • balola 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Isn't this whole new cold war all about the US trying to contain China? the failed "prosperity then freedom" China policy for the past thirty years all about? It's perfectly normal to not care, but "Policy makers" care.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • stale2002 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        > Isn't this whole new cold war all about the US trying to contain China? the failed "prosperity then freedom" China policy for the past thirty years all about?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It has become clear that China is not on the road towards freedom. That theory failed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And it is because that failed, that we need to take a new approach to things. The way to get China to change, is to pressure them to change.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And we can pressure them, with economic pressure, by engaging in some of the same tactics that they use against us.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If they are going to defect, eventually we have to respond in kind, in order to not put ourselves at a disadvantage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • > the CCP sabotaged and overthrew the Chinese Nationalist Party (now Taiwan) government exactly by exploiting its liberal constitution and free speech

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This is some really bad history. The Nationalist Party was no defender of free speech.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Chinese Civil War began in April 1927, when the Nationalists rounded up and executed thousands of Communists in Shanghai and other major cities.[1] What made this massacre even more shocking was that the Nationalists were allied with the Communists up until the moment they carried out the purge. That event set off the Civil War.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_massacre

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • ergocoder 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    > Right now the public opinion in China (not mine) is that India and America are hypocritical bullies and abusing the "national security" excuse, while China "never banned" any foreign web services, those "simply refused to comply with Chinese laws regarding terrorism" and their "inaccessibility" totally justified.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This is definitely not a public opinion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Public opinion in US is splited like it always is in every single matter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I agree on the ban... or, at least, they should take a closer look regarding national security.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sending a lot of citizen personal info to the opposite super power like China and Russia does seem concerning, don't you agree?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • rfoo 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      > This is definitely not a public opinion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OP means this is the public opinion in China, not in US. Or at least that's the public opinion that CCP wants to install. And unfortunately most of the people surrounding me agree this. And I can't argue with them without convincing them the "sometimes misguided censorship" is deliberate and people should not accept censorship in the first place (if most of them do China would have already been different). It's literally a trap.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • ergocoder 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ah yes I misread it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Public opinion in China is going to be almost always anti-US. That's just regular propaganda for decades.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's not safe to have differing view in China regarding nationalism.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Not sure why this is news though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • bllguo 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          because contrary to what you believe, many Chinese looked up to aspects of the US.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • ergocoder 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I doubt that is true. There may be some percentage that supports US. But definitely not the majority.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'd guess it's a very small percentage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • bllguo 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              look, things aren't binary.. No, it's not "support", obviously they largely stand by their country over the US. But it's not North Korea; they understand that life is good in the US, propaganda aside. They don't think our systems don't work _in general_, they think it wouldn't work _for them_

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              to directly answer your question, if you think this is a war of ideology, this move doesn't do the US any favors, regardless of how necessary or justified it is

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • ergocoder 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'd say banning TikTok has a small downside. Sending citizen info to the opposing super power should be prevented (it's not binary like you said, but the risk is high, so the impact is potentially high). The downside is some Chinese will look at US as hypocritical.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Here are 3 geopoltical issues that are way bigger than TikTok banning: Hong Kong, Taiwan, disputed islands on South China sea with Vietnam and Philippines. These issues evoke much stronger nationalism.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A large portion of Chineses probably already look at US as very bad guy regarding these 3 geopolitical issues already. Trying to turn Chinese's regular person to be positive by not banning TikTok is not worth it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's not like "oh yeah, I like US now because they don't ban tiktok, even though they try to help taiwan, hong kong, and etc. It's fine. TikTok is way more important here." Probably said no Chinese person ever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • balola 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Don't anymore since Huawei and COVID-19, it has always been a minority and got smaller.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • balola 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's still what I said, the CCP doesn't care that much about who has data on its citizens, the amount they have could never match the party's anyway, and the measures being taken made it so that potential subversion is unlikely. It's a different story outside China and still the US's to lose.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When 95% of the comments on Weibo are like what I said, I think it's pretty safe to say it is public opinion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • ergocoder 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, I misread it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But even without TikTok matter, the general opinion in China would be anti-US anyway, no?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            US is a bad guy to China regarding many matters like Hong Kong, Taiwan, islands on South China sea with Vietnam and Philippines.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This is not anyway unique to TikTok's matter. Tiktok problem seems pretty mild.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • rdiddly 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sorry, under what legal framework does the Executive branch of the US government "ban" an app, and what does that look lik, i.e. what actions does it take, and has it ever happened before?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • theduder99 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sit back, relax, and your question will be answered soon enough

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • ETHisso2017 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        IEEPA. No, it hasn't happened to an app before

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • mrtksn 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As I currently recide in a country famous for blocking access to websites, I follow these developments as closely as I can.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Whatever happens, it's probably going to be a recipe on how to force all foreign providers to act the way the local government wants. These days the theme is forcing on the ant-gay stance, they managed to force Netflix a show that had a gay character in it. Besides that charade, they passed laws to control the social media in the name of national security and citizens rights. This comes after Twitter exposed and deleted a pro government troll army.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Anyway, if this happens Facebook, Google, Twitter etc. can start looking into the future of Instagram for Iran, Twitter for Turkey, Google for EU - all forced to partner with a local company and the global versions inaccessible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am sure that the US ban of TikTok would be well rationalised but the US could have chosen the EU approach of enforcing US data being kept on US soil. Sad that US choose the Chinese approach of right our of banning(because somehow becoming like China is the way of topping the authoritarian Chinese order). Something tells me that this is not about national security.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Welcome to the world of partitioned internet in the name of national security. A boring dystopia where the less fre world no longer has a role model.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I hope you enjoy the life where the government is telling you what you can and can't use so that the country stays safe. Brilliant system that served all kind of authoritarian regimes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Good luck to the start-ups, from now on you are looking to a future where you will have to strike a deal with each country you want to operate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Your app just crossed the TOP100 mark in the AppStore, would be shame if something happens to it because of national security. Maybe you should sell it to our crony while it's still worth something"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • xvector 22 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          As a US citizen, I'm incredibly saddened and disappointed in how my fellow Americans fall for the "national security" excuse every single time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You'd think we'd have learnt by now. We do not deserve the freedom we have since we clearly don't care about it. Just look at all of the pro-ban comments in this thread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • eunos 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ironically, this future might be what CCP wished. Their practice won't be regarded as "archaic" anymore and U.S ultimate grip in tech might start to wane, however small will be.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A few days ago Pompeo warned that CCP might change "us" (outside PRC in this context). It seems, however, that U.S. might be the first to be changed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • mrtksn 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I know right? And this saddens me because my whole life the USA was the role model. I was born in a communist country but it changed to be more like USA at my early childhood, so USA is the dream. Now the USA is becoming this thing that values state security in expense of individual freedoms. I am totally not amused.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              edit: unfavourable opinions seem to get downvoted into oblivion. I am actually surprised by the jubilance in the tech community towards state intervention. Had no idea that people dreamed of becoming like China where the all knowing government protects them by telling them what apps can use and which website they can visit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • baybal2 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Where are you from?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • mrtksn 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Born in Bulgaria, currently in Turkey, previously in the UK.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • sukilot 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The CCP is a threat to individual freedoms. Freedom to consort with an enemy nation had never been an important individual freedom in any nation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Don't worry, US has plenty of individual freedom for Enlightening activities like spewing virus on other people.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • eirini1 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sounds like an excuse to me. How is a political organization in a country that has no jurisdiction over you in any way a threat to your individual freedoms, but the state apparatus in your own country somehow not even when its literally telling you which apps you can use and which ones you can't?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • mrtksn 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Let's see how joyful is to enjoy the freedom of using government moderated AppStores and websites. The best freedom.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • ajarmst 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Any fallout from this will be interesting. It can be easily argued that this is a case of the US President (not the US Government) using arbitrary emergency powers-—or the threat of their use—-to interfere with a business deal on behalf of a US company. Even ignoring suits from Facebooks’s competitors, effect on existing trade deals, and justification for foreign government interventions against US companies, one wonders if this is the start of a new trade war with China or just a warning to other social media companies (“nice market penetration you got there, shame if something were to happen to it“).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • e-clinton 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They’re banning TikTok because they don’t want a Chinese company having direct access to the location, camera, and microphones of hundreds of millions of Americans. I have the app installed and have all those permissions disabled.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I understand that it seems unfair but I get where they’re coming from given that China isn’t exactly a saint when it comes to spying/civil rights.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think it Microsoft agrees to take ownership of the data and protecting it, it doesn’t make sense to ban it. I’m surprised Verizon or Twitter hasn’t stepped up with bid

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • horsemessiah 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Why doesn't the government pass laws preventing this, instead of banning one particular app?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • gmantg 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Most smartphones are made in China, so CCP has access to them at the hardware level. My bet is that tiktok has hacked the human psychology: it's an equivalent of addictive sugary drink spiced with coke; it's a problem by itself, but it's a much bigger problem once we realise who manipulates the us citizens. I see tiktok as a backdoor into democracy: it can sway opinions of the masses or it can run social experiments.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • xvector 22 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And somehow it is okay for Facebook and Twitter to wield this power?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • gmantg 14 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's why CCP banned them in China.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • dannyr 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      So how will this work?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Will there be 2 apps? Tiktok US and Tiktok for the rest of the world?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • dasimon 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The split would likely be Douyin (TikTok China) vs. TikTok for the rest of the world. The business is already structured that way- ByteDance operates Douyin directly but TikTok operates through a subsidiary.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • dannyr 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They are divesting the US operations though. So basically different owners for US, China and the rest of the world.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • kyawzazaw 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What does that look like?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For example, different engineering departments

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • sukilot 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They could set up an IP cross licensing agreement for software.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • rtx 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              US operations alone cant be valued at 50 billions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 0xy 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The subsidiary is for legal purposes only, all of the tech is built and operated from China and is subject to Chinese laws.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In fact, even after divestiture this will be the case for some time. The Chinese entity holds the IP to the algorithms and other underlying technology that make Tik Tok as viral as it is.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • hatsunearu 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Leave it to America to have an app that works just great (Vine), destroy it, let China copy it, and buy it back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              stonks all the way my brother

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • lancesells 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                From what I know: Jack Dorsey closed down Vine. It wasn't destroyed by any country. Bytedance bought Musical.ly(Chinese App) and merged it with Tiktok. I have never used either but I from what I can see is Tiktok is an evolution of Vine but not a copy. Vine was probably just too early.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • foogazi 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  America destroyed Vine? That’s quite the zoomed out view

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I wonder how this looks like in a planetary context

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • untog 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I’m not an expert in TikTok by any means but the videos I’ve seen are quite different to the ones I used to see on Vine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • namelosw 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I thought it was the Tiktok for the rest of the world other than Douyin (Tiktok China), but I'm not sure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If it is true that there would be a US-only version, then it sounds little bit ironic - if this kind of thing keeps happening the US would be somehow walled itself just like China...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • smrk007 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Or even a TikTok China and TikTok for the rest of the world? (Considering the ban of TikTok in India and the perceived threat of TikTok amongst several other countries as well.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • dragonwriter 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        > Or even a TikTok China and TikTok for the rest of the world?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TikTok is banned in China, Douyin (also owned by ByteDance) is effectively “TikTok China”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • smrk007 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Interesting. Thank you for clearing that up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • homarp 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "TikTok China" exists already, it's Douyin. It was there first (2016). Bytedance created TikTok as "international" Douyin in 2017, then merged it with musical.ly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • homarp 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hidden forces behind Toutiao: China’s content king - https://www.ycombinator.com/library/3x-hidden-forces-behind-... is an interesting read.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • baybal2 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Too much hype.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 reasons for the meteoric rise:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Super duper aggressive marketing spend, akin Apple's iphone rollout.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A long going murmur about them using funny accounting to drive their valuation into stratosphere, and use it to raise money.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Machine learning" and everything else all fluff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I can pretty much imagine something akin to page rank for videos being used, with some perceptrons sprinkled on top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • starfallg 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                >Super duper aggressive marketing spend, akin Apple's iphone rollout.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That's the real reason. Bytedance spent millions, possibly hundreds of millions, to buy those users. You couldn't escape from those ads in 2019.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • seebetter 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I wonder how much the American TikTok app is based on Musical.ly? 50%? More or less?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • rfoo 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            At current point, around 0%. TikTok simply absorbed the idea and the users.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            By the way, according to your post history, I believe the following fact would be interesting for you: Musical.ly is a 100% Chinese app [1] with their HQ in Shanghai.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musical.ly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • jungletime 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Whenever I read an implied claim of someone doing something in my interest in an news article, I assume the opposite of what the claim is.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • xoxoy 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i don’t really get how this works. will the US one have global users or just US ones?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • sukilot 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Global, unless other countries ban an app that US can use to spy on them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • xoxoy 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                but is there a non-US version of TikTok then too? i don’t understand how the two versions interact is what i’m saying.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • chrisrogers 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It can be the same exact app on your phone, but be communicating with a different set of network endpoints.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • xoxoy 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    no i don’t think that works

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i mean the US one would be wholly owned by someone with own dev team servers etc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the non-US one would have to be a separate app with own team too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    it doesn’t seem to work

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • jariel 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If they are concerned about spyware they'll ban the China version much earlier than the American version by any reasonable threshold.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • I'm confused too. I thought there was already a mainland version called Douyin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • bassman9000 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I know. China having different policies internationally, and domestically, sucks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • vlkr 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    this can be a good way for europe, too. after the last court ruling: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/16/european-court-rules-on-face... there must be changes. Maybe this means us users can't see eu users in the social networks and vice versa. But then we could finally post our nipples on instagram!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • learc83 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To me TikTok feels like ytmnd.com with videos instead of images. I spent hours there when I was younger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • FactCore 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        From a Chinese multinational to an American multinational. I'm not convinced that any sort of data safety will arise from this. This is really just US giving China a taste of its own medicine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • if you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back at you

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • ideals 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            social media app that has up to 80 million daily active users in the United States.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Crazy that one person can ban something over 1/4 the US population uses every day. The implications of that are staggering.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (for any politically trigger fingered voters who think this opinion is derived based on current administration, you would be incorrect. I do not think something like this should ever be decided by a single person, it should go through congress and if a new law or decision is the result of that, the party which is to be banned should have the ability to make their case to SCOTUS)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • sukilot 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Crazy that one person controls an app that over 1/4 the US population uses.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Crazy that over 1/4 the population uses one entertainment app. I don't even see how that's possible, even if all tweens/teens/teen-aspirationals use it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 627467 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't know if it's "crazy" that 1 person (if it's indeed just 1 person) can ban an app. After all political/judicial/comercial orders to ban things happen all the time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I think it's more telling that 1 decision can be effective actually banning it - considering that there are so many things/services that are banned and yet available online, the fact that this hypothetical ban be effective, says more for the tech stack of this app/service than for the actually political/commercial decision to ban it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • xeromal 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So is there going to be a US TikTok and a World TikTok?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • sn_master 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There has been a China version of so many apps and websites for a very long time, where China companies have to have full control of the data.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                US is doing to China what China been doing to US companies since forever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In Amazon, Microsoft etc, US engineers of those companies aren't allowed to access the China servers directly and have to go through the Chinese operators.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • dilap 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Another viewpoint is the US is doing to its citizens what China has been doing to its citizens since forever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't see that as a good development!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • sn_master 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Having US data in US hands doesn't seem like a terrible development to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In China, the relationship between tech companies and the government is very close, and none would question any data requests. Its nothing like Apple which openly fights the US government in the supreme court..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • dilap 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Apple fights to not be forced to unlock phones, which is admirable, but they'll happily turn over your iCloud data.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To me the greater outrage is that the president can arbitrarily decide which apps citizens may or may not use. I would like to make that choice for myself, thank you very much.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • sn_master 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Is that an abuse of power? Probably yes. Do I agree with it? Absolutely yes, because it is for the greater good of the citizens of the country.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Do I like Trump in general? Absolutely not, but I also don't automatically start cursing any decision he makes just because its made by him without trying to use two brain cells to analyze it first.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I feel safer knowing US data can be accessed by US government entities than foreign ones, specially ones that have a documented track record of industrial espionage against the country. Can't imagine what good can come off the Chinese government having access to PII and potential backdoor capabilities (e.g. the clipboard scandal) of tens of millions of children of US engineers/politicians/workers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Is there a single reason why that can be good for the US citizens?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The choice of the president wasn't about the "app" itself. It was about the data being stored in foreign lands. If the app didn't have copious amounts of data of US citizens, he wouldn't have cared, even if it had a 100% user base in the US.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Europe has very similar rules on EU data being stored in EU data centers. Germany is a good example of those policies and no one seems to critisize them, because no one "blanket-hates" European leaders like they do to Trump.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The decision to ban was because TikTok didn't seem to be willing to cooperate to fix the data locality problem. Had they promised and started moving their data centers to the US, I doubt this would have happened. The acquisition by MS if happens, would do just that and allow the app to continue being used.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Mehdi2277 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They've already done that. Currently there are a couple major data centers being in US/Singapore. US data is not permitted to go to china. The data currently is stored in a mix of US/singapore so can't claim solely US. The relevant blog post is here, https://newsroom.tiktok.com/en-us/statement-on-tiktoks-conte.... I'd guess if US requested data to be solely US, that shift would probably be fine as currently singapore is mainly used as a backup and it'd be doable to have data centers in more distinct regions as currently US data is in just virginia.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Also trump already announced he does not intend to permit microsoft acquiring tiktok to be enough to not ban them. I'm doubtful he'd have any chance winning a court case if tiktok did sell to microsoft, but sounds like he'll push on the ban regardless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Disclaimer: I work at mountain view tiktok.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • dilap 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Do you have any insight/theories into why Trump is so opposed to tiktok?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just as a political calculation it seems curious. (Rile up young voters who tend to swing against you, eliminate a social network that from what I can see is relatively conservative-friendly.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • There already is a mainland version called Douyin. It seems to have a few features that the version I've tested doesn't have.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • It's a possibility, but I would guess no. The complaints from US sources have largely been about the user data from passively running the app, so I wouldn't expect regulatory obstacles to letting the videos themselves go across borders while keeping user data within the US company. (There could be technical challenges, but TikTok presumably already had to address them for GDPR compliance in Europe.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • woopwoop 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Is there any way to know with certainty whether the president has any financial interest in Microsoft? If there is, does he?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • lovetocode 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TikTok is horrible. Less then a day after signing up I was getting spam text messages with Chinese writing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • cannabis_sam 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Another step in the balkanization of the internet, to the cheers of governments around the world..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ijumfs 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          So will they be keeping all the intrusive spyware features as a part of this deal?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • tlow 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Will their value plummet if they are banned before an acquisition can take place?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • factorialboy 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What if China stalls and the US administration changes in a few months.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • aey 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pivot to the pacific was an Obama initiative that was loooong in the making.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It doesn’t matter who drives the train, the tracks are already laid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • jariel 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It matters hugely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Obama's pivot was based on TTP, and generally avoiding direct confrontation with China.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Trump's agenda is completely different - ignoring partnership/bilateral approach, and fairly assertively acting against China.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But those were also strategies founded in different eras: the TTP was create back when China was still not quite powerful enough to be a dangerous world actor. Now it's more of a 'standoff' situation with unpredictable leadership from Trump.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And with only a 4 year horizon after which 'everything changes' on the American side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • starfallg 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The TTP is in fact direct confrontation, just not overt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • starfallg 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yup, it was Trump that tantrumed out of the TPP, which was created as a firewall to China. Because of this, China has been growing increasingly confident, sensing the weakness in this administration and its inability to play geopolitics properly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • I think you meant to say ByteDance, the private company that owns and controls TikTok.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Conflating the CCP owning and controlling a private company's platform is the propaganda that seems to be spun out this situation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's also what is causing people to see the app as a threat, ergo, highlighting exceptionalism and a tiny bit of xenophobia.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • sukilot 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      China doesn't control Android and iOS App stores in US.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • ericmay 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Don’t think it’ll change with Biden. The rhetoric level may change, but the overall sentiment is quite bipartisan and public opinion of China right now in America is awful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also, the US can just ban it tomorrow and it’ll disappear.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • est 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          then tiktok may simply provide a web version. Will US build some kind of firewall?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • gpm 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            They'll probably end up banning advertisers from paying them, and TikTok from paying content creators. Sure, Americans will still be able to access the content (over an inferior interface), but TikTok will probably be losing money on American viewers (not necessarily a problem for a propaganda outlet), and TikTok won't be able to incentivize good content.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • eirini1 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              in what sense is TikTok a "propaganda outlet"?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • gpm 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In the sense that they have been known to remove discussion that the CCP doesn't like [1], that they've created an environment where people feel the need to talk positively about China to get views [2], and in the sense that they are controlled by a company with close ties to the CCP (like practically every large company in China, harder to cite this but for an example see [3]).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                [1] https://www.engadget.com/2019-09-25-tiktok-censorship-china....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                [2] https://www.wsj.com/articles/tiktok-users-gush-about-china-h...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                [3] https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bytedance-filing/bytedanc...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • You've hit my concern. Which was very little about spyware, and more about having a platform installed on devices all over the world that the CCP can just slip content into whenever it wants. Russia signed up for FB/Twitter/Reddit accounts and spread confusion and lies, imagine if they owned the platforms how much more targeted and impactful it could be.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TikTok seems to impress people with its algorithm serving them content they like, many HNers describe it as addicting even, that sounds like a tool for manipulation (which feels like all the internet is these days anyway, but I digress.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I also don't like the idea of the US banning apps. But I also don't trust people to choose not to invest attention in TikTok. The world's a muddy, messed up, place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • manquer 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They will not have remotely the same size of users who will be using the web version. The concern is size of their the control , not that they control at all

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • ryanSrich 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They already have a web app

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • stale2002 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  > then tiktok may simply provide a web version. Will US build some kind of firewall?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There is no need to do that. TikTok has significant US offices and operations. All the government would have to do is fine them/arrest them if they refuse to follow the law.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thats how the law works. If you don't follow it, you get fined or arrested.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • rtx 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So what is the source of Beijing Biden?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • While this sort of quashing of free markets may be permissible for sovereign nations, it comes with a heavy cost. Trump, and by proxy the U.S., moves to force the hand of ByteDance to divest itself of all interest in TikTok at fire sale prices through threat of shutting them down. The U.S. establishes its reputation for stifling competition whenever a strong enough sovereign interest is in play. China, and other countries, will respond in kind to protect their own interests - Tesla, Apple, Intel and whatever other company has a juicy stake in China are held hostage until they concede their interests of to a China state-run company. Imagine trying to do business in another country when the fear of takeover looms overhead if you ever become too successful? This behavior only serves to encourage more protectionist and isolationist markets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Microsoft to buy? Selling the hen house to the fox?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • ktln2 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It is funny to see comments like “this will only strengthen the hostility of Chinese people against US” - the fact is most if not all Chinese see US as their arch nemesis.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • slewis 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It’s interesting that folks are generally giving Trump the benefit of the doubt. There are many comments to the effect of “while there is no public evidence, maybe the US government has secret evidence that TikTok has broken the law.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Trump is incredibly vindictive. Remember a month ago when he hosted a way under-attended rally, because of a fake registration movement that spread on, yup, TikTok? Trump remembers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • djim 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        what about not collecting user data? isnt that better than msft collecting it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • ETHisso2017 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'd like to see any YC users come by and claim the US has a "free market" at this point.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • BoiledCabbage 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The hypocrisy in YC isn't this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's that people argue the virtues of "free-markets" while simultaneously arguing the most valuable thing any business should build is a "moat".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It the utter acknowledgment that avoiding/prevent competition is the way to be successful, while arguing that free markets enforce competition.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Its blatantly obvious that network effects, exclusivity contracts and monopolies exist. And well and market dominance leads to more dominance by purchasing any future competitive business. And yet claim most success comes from marker efficiency.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Taking a non-tech example. Madden is getting closer to a 20 year exclusive license NFL on consoles. No game can compete with made up teams and rosters. The product is stagnant, innovation a dump and yet this continuous aspect of "free-market" is ignored.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • KoftaBob 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I think you’re conflating a “free market” with a “perfectly competitive market”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              By and large, the US is a free market with your obvious government regulations. However, it’s not a perfectly competitive market because of the things you mentioned. Because a true “perfectly competitive market” is almost impossible to achieve, no nation’s economy is, but some are closer to it than others.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Perfect competition benefits the consumers most, while network effects, exclusivity contracts, and monopolies obviously benefit the companies more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              One of the biggest goals of US government economic regulations (at least ideally) is to steer the market as close to a perfectly competitive market as possible. Companies optimize in the other direction, and try to make their market less competitive despite those regulations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This dynamic doesn’t mean it’s not a free market, it just means that we need regulations to counteract the forces of companies and keep it competitive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This is why I find it misguided when people want a totally libertarian system with no regulations, because that will inevitably lead to a less competitive/efficient market.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • BoiledCabbage 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                100% agreed. I"m using however somehow I feel most of HN doesn't see this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The issue is between how the term "free market" is defined and how it's used. My usage above is how it's commonly used - as meaning a "competitive market" - which as you mention is completely wrong.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A truly competitive market benefits consumers and society overall. A completely free market on the other hand benefits rent seeking and is a drain on society.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Free markets naturally tend towards anti-competetive rent-seeking behaviors. The best thing you can do for a market economy is to ensure it stays a competitive market. There will always be inefficiencies in markets which will accrue towards companies - but the amount of excess rent-seeking that flows to companies needs to be actively minimized.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • smeeth 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            No-one argues that the US has an unregulated free market and no-one respectable argues that it should.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Keeping spyware-collected data of private citizens out of the hands of antagonistic authoritarian regimes seems like an appropriate use of regulation, no? Hard to argue its less appropriate than trust-busting or consumer protection regulations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • wallacoloo 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              > Keeping spyware-collected data of private citizens out of the hands of antagonistic authoritarian regimes seems like an appropriate use of regulation, no?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Possibly, yes. And if your goal was actually to fight authoritarianism, you’d be sure to pass these regulations in some sort of democratic process. You’d send it through Congress and give the people’s elected representatives a chance to weigh in. You wouldn’t use an executive order outside of very extreme, time-sensitive circumstances, if you actually gave a shit about fighting authoritarianism.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • smeeth 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                >give the people’s elected representatives a chance to weigh in

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Is POTUS not an elected representative? Congress can overrule the president if they want to, there's nothing stopping them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Also, who said the goal was "fighting authoritarianism"? I'm pretty sure the goal is to let americans use TikTok without MSS having all their personal data.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • BoiledCabbage 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                > No-one argues that the US has an unregulated free market and no-one respectable argues that it should.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                No, but plenty of people vacuously and consistently argue that regulations should be eliminated because "free-market". And have no issue with most companies eliminating competition through any means other than producing a better product.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Taking an example people agree with. Apple should open up it's phone platform to other stores. If they're concerned about security, they can still be the final arbiters of what apps can ship. Ie they approve apps for all stores. However, each store can have it's own experience and crucially it's own cut of apps sold. Let's see how many consumers feel there is enough value in apple store to pay a 30% premium on apps they buy. More rent seeking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                But that's one of the few cases HN actually agrees with. the 1000s of others out there, people don't blink an eye.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • vonwoodson 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ok, but for real: TikTok is a propaganda machine for China. End of story.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • xvector 22 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Have you ever used the app, and do you have any evidence of that statement?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • jrsdav 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I wonder how long this deal has actually been in the works, and Trump, seemingly privy to this knowledge, saw a good opportunity to take credit by pre-empting the inevitable announcement of a sell off. Why else would he announce his plans of an executive order instead of just doing it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • scotu 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  you might be right, but there are other reason to announce instead of doing: getting leverage, getting attention, being someone that talks a lot and does much less, not having a brain/mouth filter... probably a mix of trying to get leverage for something probably unrelated and getting some attention (possibly diverting it from something else)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • namelosw 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  From the US-China conflict perspective, it seems the Trump administration is looking for something that China cannot easily retaliate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  China can easily pick a consulate to close when the US closes consulate in Houston. But businesses from the US in China always require Chinese companies to operate, just like World of Warcraft is operated by NetEase in China.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  After Microsoft acquire Tiktok's operation, if China just picks some US business to do the same it would make China looks too soft because China is already doing this for decades, and Trump could claim the US has beaten China in this round. But if China escalates the conflict by retaliating in radical ways, the Trump administration could rally more before the election.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • eunos 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I doubt China is interested to escalate this, beside some rhetoric. In fact, U.S. might open the pandora box of data sovereignty. China already started to change U.S. just as Pompeo feared.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FYI, among the big tech Microsoft seems to have one of the best relationship with the Chinese state. Bing and Outlook is available albeit censored. Windows also widely used. It could be the case that Microsoft has a back channel with Chinese gov and already discussed this issue. I hope that the acquisition will be smooth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • baybal2 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Very much that. Beijing is running out of big "American" companies it can retaliate against.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      No Facebook in China, no Tviter in China, all major American brands are effectively franchises, or joint ventures, so they will be shooting their own business in the foot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They can of course order those Chinese joint venture owners to appropriate the American stake in their corporate entities, but those state never been high to begin with, with Chinese JV sides always trying to exfiltrate equity out of them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Out of big fish, pretty much the only one remaining is Apple, which owns very little in China, but will be crippled if being denied access to Chinese contract manufacturers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • manquer 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It will cripple China even more than Apple .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Apple will have 1-2 really bad years and would eventually be able to move their supply chain to other countries . Apple has the money to whether that storm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The millions of jobs lost in China would be permanent, and start a trend and they loose their manufacturing edge .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • spideymans 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To add to your point: Apple has been pretty rapidly shifting operations to India, precisely for this reason. I’d be willing to bet Apple has plans in place to move the rest of their manufacturing operations if China were to retaliate against it. Not saying it would be easy, or painless, but perhaps not as difficult as we’d imagine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Firebrand 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tesla’s Shanghai Gigafactory is wholly owned by Tesla.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • bigpumpkin 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            How about those 30 films Hollywood exports to China every year?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • sigstoat 12 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              not much filming going on at the moment, i think? if hollywood is bleeding out, it probably won't notice being kicked in the teeth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • > But businesses from the US in China always require Chinese companies to operate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This is a very common misconception. It was true decades ago, when China was just beginning to open up, but over the past three decades, joint-venture requirements have been removed from most industries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • ezVoodoo 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Which law of the USA has been broken by TikTok?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Or it is banned just because it's an app from China?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • mark_l_watson 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Maybe I am blaming the wrong companies/countries but it seems to me that platforms like iOS and Android should provide near perfect sand boxing for all apps, including TikTok. No app should be able to quietly have access to our devices.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The new beta for iOS is doing a better job by having little notifications of what app is using the camera, microphone, your contacts, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I would also like to speculate on something: Peter Theil owns a lot of Facebook stock and TikTok is a market threat to Facebook. Peter Theil is close with President Trump. You can see where I am going with this...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • crb002 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If they get paid in MS stock with a little cash that's probably the best exit they could hope for. Hopefully MS doesn't kill it off like Skype - which should have been Zoom.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Waterluvian 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  At what point do the big tech companies see the real threat of Trump and begin actively campaigning against him?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Feels like they have immense power if they decided to act politically.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • gukov 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Eric Schmidt worked on Hillary's campaign in 2016[1] so it's not out of the realm of possibility that it's already been happening.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    [1] https://qz.com/823922/eric-schmidt-played-a-crucial-role-in-...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • woopwoop 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I mean, if this goes through essentially what will have happened is the president used the power of the state to get a foreign company to sell control of a valuable product to Microsoft at what will almost certainly be a firesale price. If I were Microsoft, I wouldn't be complaining!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • throwlogon 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't know why this is getting downvoted; companies in other sectors (e.g. oil) get involved in US politics regularly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        But there's little precedent for media companies to take action in US politics overtly. (IANAL, but I suspect there are legal impediments as well). Taking a political stand, or providing support for one side, might force big tech companies to resolve the ambiguity as to whether they're media companies or not.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        EDIT: Actually maybe there is nothing stopping tech companies from choosing a side; apparently media companies do make political contribitions: https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2010/08/news-corps-million-...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        EDIT 2: I can see I've accidentally opened a can of worms about biased coverage and editorials; but my usage of "support" was intended as overt and consistent involvement in political campaigning, generally through donations. And to my surprise, that does occur.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • MiroF 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          > But there's little precedent for media companies to take action in US politics overtly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sorry, but are we in the same country?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • qppo 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There is extreme precedent, media companies have been political for their entire history. They're pretty tame today for what it's worth, William Randolph Hearst started a war to sell newspapers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • rileymat2 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              > But there's little precedent for media companies to take action in US politics overtly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Newspapers routinely make political endorsements, that is overt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • cat199 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                > But there's little precedent for media companies to take action in US politics overtly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Isn't this pretty much one half of their business, the other being advertising?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Ericson2314 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In general, multinationals could more actively cede their host nation. My guess is we'd see less restrained behavior from corporations if Trump wins a second term for a variety of reasons.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • zo1 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  One can assume they already are. By virtue of having a disproportionate representation of one political party within their ranks (which they do), you can argue that a lot of their decision making (however benign/simple/small) will fall in line with that parties platform, or end up promoting that party in some way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Right now from my point of view, it absolutely looks like the big social-media companies like Youtube/Twitter/Reddit/etc are actively purging large conservative opinions/voices in anticipation for the US election coming up. It's downright Orwellian that we allow them to have such a huge impact on political elections under the guise of "community standards". Those same community-standards that are touted for protecting the vulnerable are acting as camouflage for political meddling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As for Tik-tok, I'd ban it just for the degenerate social impact it's having on a large section of our youth population. Ditto for gang-glorifying, misogynistic rap music.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • shiado 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They already are. There were revelations just this week that Google has removed conservative media from search results in what would appear to be a direct effort to interfere in the 2020 election.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • cmurf 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    >We are not an M&A (mergers and acquisitions) country,” Trump said.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What? Can anyone parse this?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • That's one way to avoid a US ban.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • ecf 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This is what a lot companies who do business in China have to go through.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        For example, Activision-Blizzard are pretty much fully separated from The9, which is the only authorized distributor for World of Warcraft in China.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Edit: Apologies, the source I was looking at was outdated and NetEase is the current distributor for WoW in China.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • bzb3 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The9 stopped distributing wow in China in 2009.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • ecf 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You’re totally right, edited my post with this info. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • puranjay 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But unlike China, America fashions itself as a bastion of capitalism. Borrowing Chinese practices seems a little antithetical to everything I see America as

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • raverbashing 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Turning the other cheek are nice words on paper but in reality you'll just end up being abused.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • fermienrico 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                America has been acting neutral for last decades, especially last 15 years where China has asymmetrically taken advantage of American companies. China is getting a taste of their own medicine and I am fine with that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • puranjay 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This is essentially admitting that the free market lost and doesn't work anymore. Because the free market has clearly decided that it likes TikTok, even enough to share its data with the company.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't think people realize how significant this might be.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • jen20 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    > even enough to share its data with the company.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    How many people do you think have opted into this with informed consent vs clicking through multiple pages of deliberately obfuscated terms?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • eirini1 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      how is this in any way in opposition to the free market? The information is freely acceesible, the fact that its hard to understand is the problem of the consumer no? The free market solution would be to have some kind of independent organization summarize this information and attempt to distribute it in the hopes people read.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Countries intervening in private industry for national security reasons is a pretty ancient phenomenon. I doubt many people will see it as a fatal compromise of free market principles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • krapp 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Capitalism is the reason the US outsourced its manufacturing to China to begin with - borrowing Chinese labor practices and corruption to do an end run around its own ideals for the sake of maximizing profits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I mean, America is the country that fought the Nazis then hired them to build their space program just so they could plant their flag on the Moon and claim it before the Soviets. Hell, American companies were doing business with the Nazis while at war with the Nazis.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    No nation puts it principles ahead of its interests.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • dragonwriter 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      > But unlike China, America fashions itself as a bastion of capitalism. Borrowing Chinese practices seems a little antithetical to everything I see America as

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      China is approaching fascism from the Lenin-Stalin-Maoist “Communist” side, the US from the mixed economy welfare state side. That they should be increasingly borrowing unpleasant tactics from each other is unsurprising, even if contrary to the image each side tries to project for propaganda purposes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The US hasn't yet quite established unquestioned control of the faction working to implement fascism, so has a better chance of changing course in the near future.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • fiblye 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Even if they were honest and absolutely no data ever went back to China after this (not likely), that’s still billions flowing right back to a Chinese company straight out of America if they’re purchased. If Trump is sincere about his America first claims, he’d have a good reason to ban it and make the product worthless regardless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • There are billions flowing between China and the US for all sorts of reasons. I've seen arguments that complete divestment from China is the morally right thing to do, but it's hard to imagine how it could be economically advantageous for the US from an "America first" perspective.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • yeah and I guess it makes sense in the aspect that they're trying to survive however they can.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Wowfunhappy 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That seems like a bit of an overreaction on the company’s part though, doesn’t it? It’s not at all clear that the president had a legal avenue to ban the service, and he has certainly said a lot of outlandish things that don’t come to pass.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • It seems less about the app itself than it does about China. It's so passive aggressive it reminds me of middle school.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • TMWNN 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              >Better to throw away the US TikTok company at this point. It's clear the American general public, Trump and US government does not like dominant foreign social media companies in the US.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This would not be happening were TikTok German, French, British, Taiwanese, Korean, Japanese, etc. Just Chinese and Russian.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • pinkfoot 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So soon all the tech savvy kids will learn that their favourite apps are only available on the Hauwei app store?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • throwaway1777 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          it won't really be their favorite app if no one else is using it

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "removed by mods" - exactly why I deleted my reddit account. They were conditioning children and young people to be okay with censorship.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • dimator 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The thread seems available to me. The YouTube link is broken, which is on YouTube's side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • praveen9920 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Trump's grudge on Tiktok users apart, could this be a plot of hostile take over?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            With all the public threats ByteDance is receiving from president of USA, Msft or any other company which acquires, gets one of the biggest social networking site of the decade at give away price.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • bitxbit 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don’t think it’s at a discount at all. They’re effectively selling it at the height of the market. Even if they cut valuation in half, it’d still be at a significant premium.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • eli 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It’d be the height of the market if they weren’t forced to sell too, they’d just also be in a much stronger bargaining position.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • I feel like sentiment was similar for when FB bought IG for $1B. Today, we would all agree that was vastly under priced.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • DuskStar 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Well, sure. But similarly, most people today would agree that Tumblr was not worth nearly 1.1 billion when Yahoo bought it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • justinzollars 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Disagree. I think it is a discount. From my understanding the business was not for sale until this executive order.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • jdatsun34 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tiktok needs to be hooked up to PRISM and all the other NSA programs immediately. I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft or whoever buys it is compensated with a piece of US intelligence's bottomless pit of money.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • ideals 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This is what a monopsony is, is it good to enable that through government involvement?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • We may never know the history definitively, but it's likely the sale would have been under discussion for months, from when politicians were strongly indicating that TikTok's ownership structure wouldn't be acceptable in the long term but hadn't announced any concrete action. These kinds of huge deals can only be constructed so quickly, even under time pressure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • CyanLite4 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Trump seems intent on this because of the Tulsa Rally fiasco. But at what point does it backfire on him? Tens of millions of pissed off 18yr olds could easily sway the election.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Meanwhile, Microsoft has quietly avoided the anti-trust spotlight recently yet has acquired github, LinkedIn, and now a social network that could rival Facebook. Satya Nadella is a genius.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • kyawzazaw 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          18yr old are hopefully not pissed off primarily stemming from the ban of this one app.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Regardless, young population have historically been absent from voting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • inson 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Why there's a so much hype about blocking TikTok? China blocked multiple US websites by replicating them first and blocking them (Google, FB, Twitter), irony, isn't it? Were those websites against Chinese laws? I'm surprised by some people reacting negatively to this. P.S. I am not a pro Trump.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • liuliu 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just echo back on U.S. doesn't have precedents of blocking software in the article. I don't think that's true. U.S. has both means (file request to Apple and Google to pull software off the shelf, remove the domain from root DNS etc) and done these before for piracy and other reasons.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • wallacoloo 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Remember when we banned the export of cryptographic software routines, because they’re a form of armament? There’s loads of precedent, we just quickly forget.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Export_of_cryptography_from_...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • eli 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What does “file a request” mean here? Send a letter asking?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • liuliu 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DMCA is for one. I am not sure for "national security" reasons what options would be. It is definitely challenging to come up with excuses within rules of law. I would imagine that some combinations of failures to meet FCC regulation and "immediate" national security threat probably would do the trick. There is no guarantee that Apple AppStore or Google Play Store won't make a stand and challenge these requests in court though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • andrewPP 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Us companies like Facebook and Twitter had a chance to operate in China as long as they were willing to follow local laws/policies; they were banned because they didn’t want to cooperate. On the other hand, TikTok seems willing to obey us laws and is bringing its team/data center into the us. Banning TikTok in spite of that sounds similar to injecting disinfectant for COVID

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • sergiotapia 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  China is a communist regime. They can do whatever the hell they want, why would american companies spend any time conforming to their demands when they can pull the rug out from under them at any time. Also, they would be under their total control forever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • sukilot 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    American companies do it for money. Companies like major movie studios, sports leagues, operating system vendors, search engine providers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • patrickaljord 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      > when they can pull the rug out from under them at any time

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Are you talking about the US or China governement?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • andrewPP 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Many american companies seem to collaborate successfully with this communist regime including but not limited to Apple, Microsoft, Amazon. Even Google still has Google Ads platform operating in China.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • dusing 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Owned by the CCP therefore not capable of following US law.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • andrewPP 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The TikTok app is served by the US data center operated by a team in the US. If they violate any US law, federal regulators can find out and punish TikTok based on evidence like how they fined Facebook. Being owned by the CCP doesn't mean that they cannot obey US law. And it is really hard to imagine how CCP can harm the interests of the US people with those short fun videos. Does Trump believe virus spreads via these short videos?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • dusing 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Direct database access as required by the CCP

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • cwhiz 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I’m fine with anything that damages China. The entire western world should be grouping together to fight the Chinese state. Their behavior the last couple of decades is obscene.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Right now, in 2020, China is operating Muslim concentration camps. Their factories are “employed” by de facto slave labor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The western world should universally shun China. Ban anything that originates from China or anything that contains parts or software that originates from China.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • markus_zhang 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In fact, the computer you use to make posts on ycombinator could contain some components from China as well.