Who’s watching who in the great data-heist dance?
Everyone blames China for information theft, but there is little evidence and not much can be done anyway
In early May, a curious new smartphone app began to rise stratospherically up the download charts. Called Zynn, it was essentially a clone of Chinese video-sharing app TikTok, with one key difference: users could earn money for posting their videos.
Zynn’s website said it was based in Palo Alto, California. In truth, it was the property of Kuaishou, another Chinese tech giant that competes with TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance. Sinosceptic American politicians quickly called for investigation.