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Can TikTok convince the world it is not a tool for China?

By Cristina Criddle, Demetri Sevastopulo, Hannah Murphy

03 Mar 2023 · 7 min read

On the face of it, TikTok makes for an unlikely threat to national security.

With its snackable, seconds-long videos of viral dances and comical voice-overs, it is one of the most used apps in the west, and embedded in the culture of a generation of young people. It now claims more than 1bn users worldwide and is estimated to generate more than $10bn in revenue.

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