Trump’s TikTok and WeChat Ban Could Backfire Inside China

Elva Mankin

Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/Getty HONG KONG—As Donald Trump moves to ban transactions with WeChat and ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, people in China are wondering if they’ll need to ditch their iPhones to keep their favorite app, and noting that the White House’s splinternet rhetoric is […]

Meet Zhang Yiming, the secretive Chinese billionaire behind TikTok who made over $12 billion in 2018 and called Trump’s demands to sell the app ‘unreasonable’

Elva Mankin

ByteDance CEO Zhang Yiming makes his own TikToks — and requires his senior employees to as well. Visual China Group via Getty Images; Ruobing Su/Business Insider Zhang Yiming built a $16.2 billion fortune after founding ByteDance, the Chinese software developer behind TikTok. Despite being one of the wealthiest people in […]

How to Make Trump’s Coronavirus Briefings Actually Good

Elva Mankin

(Bloomberg Opinion) — One of the greatest outrages in the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic has been the way the government has failed to offer the people useful, trustworthy information. That’s still true, even as President Donald Trump has restarted his daily Covid-19 briefings. While some outlets have praised […]

Trump’s awful new policy on foreign college students

Elva Mankin

It’s hardly breaking news that Donald Trump’s immigration policies are laced with bigotry. From putting children in cages to justifying it by saying their families “infest our country,” it’s no secret the president considers immigrants as something lesser. But new guidelines announced Monday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement illustrate just […]