What is all this fuss about US President Donald Trump banning the most popular mobile app for teenagers around the world? Last November, I wrote in this column about the rise and rise of Beijing’s ByteDance Technology, the company behind 15-second video-clip app Douyin (literally “shaking sound” or vibrato), news app Jinri Toutiao (“today’s headlines”) and its Western versions, TopBuzz, a news aggregation app for Americans.

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