The clock is ticking for TikTok, but here’s a nifty solution

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The clock is ticking for TikTok, but here’s a nifty solution

Doomed by Chinese ownership, its owners should sell the app – and give Zuckerberg a run for his money

James Titcomb

Scroll through TikTok for a few minutes, and the wildly popular video app certainly doesn’t feel like a threat to national security. Its lip-syncing teenagers, cute pets and dance routines are so out of step with warnings about the app being a spying device for the communist regime in China as to be almost comical.

But make no mistake, time is running out for TikTok.

Its Beijing-based owner, the tech firm ByteDance, has done its best to ease concerns. It has hired American Kevin Mayer, a former Disney executive, to run TikTok. It has started storing user data on servers in the US and Singapore, insisting it is inaccessible to Beijing. And it has hired a phalanx of lobbyists to rebut claims it is in the services of Beijing...

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