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U.S. Government Says It Will ‘Vigorously Defend’ TikTok Ban

The U.S. government said it would “vigorously defend” President Donald Trump’s ban of TikTok, the popular Chinese-owned video app, after a federal judge blocked the ban. The Trump administration claims the app, popular with lip-synching teens, poses a national security threat because the Chinese government could access American users’ data. TikTok’s parent company ByteDance says it has...

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