TikTok’s seemingly hopeless case is heading to an interesting turnround as President Trump has yet to deliver the final knockout after last Friday’s threat to kill off the Chinese-owned social media app with administrative fiat (Report, August 1).
The question is simple. Is TikTok still a national security threat if it is owned by Microsoft? Or is the White House deliberately helping Facebook to gain an unfair advantage by squeezing out TikTok to the chagrin of younger American short video clips users?
The US president goes to the polls in less than five months and is extremely vulnerable. Mr Trump doesn’t understand economics and technology, and his cold war rhetoric cannot hide the old man’s sheer ignorance.
Where Huawei is confrontational TikTok is nimble. It is protecting the 100m US users and making sure their digital toy is not stolen from them by Facebook or taken away from them by the brutal force of an old senile president’s executive order.
TikTok is still extremely vulnerable but its white knight is not Bill Gates, but the hundreds of millions of young American voters who are going to decide the future for the company.
Khaw Wei Kang
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