“There’s a couple of factors that are probably playing into this shift that we’re seeing outside of the United States,” said Emily Kilcrease, senior fellow and director of the energy, economics, and security program at the Center for a New American Security. Kilcrease previously served as a U.S. trade and national security official.
“One is a general hardening of political attitudes toward China regardless of what issue we’re talking about. … There’s also the factor that TikTok itself has not been doing itself any favors when it comes to building confidence that it is in fact a responsible company,” she said, referring to reports of ByteDance employees accessing TikTok data from China and the company’s recent admission that some employees (who were subsequently fired) accessed the user data of two journalists who were writing about TikTok.
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