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TikTok is a warning to us all

Daryl Guppy
Daryl Guppy8/7/2020 06:31 AM GMT+08  • 5 min read
TikTok is a warning to us all
This is how it works. You have a hugely successful business in the US, but you are a foreign company. Your US competitors missed the boat and cannot catch up. The first step comes with the unproven charges that your company is a security risk.
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They used to be called standover thugs. In Singapore, they were employed in 2006 by the infamous Ang Soon Tong gang and today those in the clutches of illegal money lenders know their methods. In the US, these stand-over thugs were a feature of Tammany Hall politics epitomised by Mayor Daley in Chicago and lurid stories by Mario Puzo about the mafia.

We thought they had largely disappeared, but these methods have returned with renewed vigour in the US. This is a concern for all who want to do business in the US, or those who deal with others who do business in the US.

This is how it works.

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