Mr. Chew goes to Washington; the battle for TikToks existence

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TikTok, the short-form video app, has become a major target of scrutiny for US politicians and regulators due to its Chinese ownership and concerns about data privacy and national security. While TikTok has attempted to address these concerns by working with US agencies and implementing new data controls, many lawmakers remain skeptical that a Chinese-owned app can operate independently of government influence. At the same time, there are broader concerns about the role of social media companies in society, particularly with respect to balancing their pursuit of profit with the well-being of their users. As the US government considers potential regulatory actions, it remains unclear how best to address these complex issues.

Why is the Internet useful?

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Why is the Internet useful? This question has been asked of me a few different ways recently by people who have never accessed the Internet directly and do not own smartphones capable of accessing the Internet. The individuals asking these questions still get their news from evening TV or the morning paper. They get their notices from companies via the postal service. And they communicate to loved ones via a wired phone in their home or a basic mobile phone which is not used for Text or Voice Mail. These are some smart people that have chosen this lifestyle and have not seen a reason to change.