THE EDGE SINGAPORE - Shortly after US President Donald Trump issued an executive order effectively banning the Chinese-owned social-media app TikTok, he issued a second order prohibiting “any transaction that is related to WeChat by any person … as identified by the Secretary of Commerce”. According to the White House, the WeChat ban — which will take effect on Sept 20 — is intended to protect Americans and visiting Chinese in the US from violations of privacy by the Chinese government and to limit fake news from the Chinese government reaching Americans. But the ban is likely to be counterproductive, and there are better solutions to these problems.

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