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Tech Update: Kenya Follows U.S. With Calls to Investigate TikTok, Washington’s Huawei Crackdown Could Hurt American Development Efforts

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  • TIKTOK:  “Senator Iman Falhada is calling on the government “to safeguard the metadata of Kenyans that is being collected by the TikTok.” Another senator, Mwaura Isaac Maigua, argued that suggested policies relating to social media privacy shouldn’t be limited to TikTok but should apply to all other social media applications. (THE STANDARD)
  • HUAWEI: A new U.S. law designed to keep Chinese telecommunications companies out of American networks is threatening to delay, disrupt, or kill vital U.S. military, diplomatic, and aid programs, particularly in Africa and Asia, where Chinese telecoms are the only game in town. (FOREIGN POLICY)
  • STARTIMES: The editorial board of The Guardian newspaper (Nigeria) is calling on the government to review “the entire business model” of the National Television Authority’s boondoggle deal with Chinese-owned African pay-TV giant StarTimes. The collaboration has not generated any profit in 11 years. (THE GUARDIAN)
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