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Taiwan probes TikTok, suspected of illegal operation

Policy body alleges Chinese efforts to shape opinion through video apps

TikTok faces mounting headwinds in markets like Taiwan and the U.S., mainly over concerns that the Chinese government can access data from users.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Taiwan has launched an investigation into TikTok, the popular video-sharing app owned by Chinese company ByteDance, on allegations that the platform is operating illegally on the island.

A TikTok affiliate is suspected of setting up shop and conducting business in Taiwan, the Mainland Affairs Council said on Sunday. Mainland-based social media platforms are banned from commercial activities in Taiwan.

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