The widely known China-based video app TikTok is going to exit the Hong Kong market within days. A TikTok spokesman told Reuters, “In light of recent events, we’ve decided to stop operations of the TikTok app in Hong Kong.”
Why TikTok will be Pulled Out
According ByteDance, the company behind TikTok, they made the decision to exit the Hong Kong due to the establishment of China’s new national security law.
This said security law will grant expanded powers to the mainland Government of China and it wasn’t clear yet whether or not Hong Kong will fall as a whole under the jurisdiction of Bejing.
Previously, said Kevin Mayer, a longtime Disney Executive, now TikTok’s CEO; the app’s user data is not stored in China.
And according to Reuters, TikTok has also said before that it would not comply with any requests made by the Chinese government to censor content or for access to TikTok’s user data.
Another Country Where There Will be no TikTok
Prior to the decision of ByteDance to pull out TikTok from Hong Kong, the Government of India has also announced that they are to ban the app from their country due to security concerns.
Other Tech Companies in Hong Kong
In line with this, other big tech companies operating in Hong Kong such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter, have also already stopped processing requests for user data from the Hong Kong government.
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