Despite efforts to wall off regional or national internets, social media companies will have to continue aggressively competing across borders if they are to grow.
Many political issues in the 2020 US election are domestic. But black resistance to white supremacy has long had global repercussions.
They need the rest of the world less than they have in decades, and are in firm control of their population.
Banning the Chinese-owned social media platforms raises free speech concerns and could worsen the US-China trade war.
Southeast Asian countries need to rethink their ties with the two great powers and try to reduce their dependency on them.
China presents the US with lots of security concerns but TikTok isn't one.