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TikTok avoids political storms in booming Southeast Asia as US troubles mount

TikTok avoids political storms in booming Southeast Asia as US troubles mount

Sandy Saputra is big on TikTok Indonesia. Within a year, he is leapt from quiet, small-town life to star influencer status as more than 10.5 million followers lap up his toothy grin in dancing, pranking and lip-synching videos on the booming app. Sandy’s success, becoming his family’s main breadwinner as global brands like Coca Cola or Suntory pay to have their names on his lighthearted clips, comes as TikTok mushrooms across Southeast Asia.

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