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TikTok will Exit Hong Kong following New Security Law

TikTok will Exit Hong Kong following New Security Law

TikTok says it will exit Hong Kong, following the new National Security Law imposed by China.

Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Google and Telegram have all announced this week that they are also making changes to their operations in Hong Kong after the new security law came into force last week.

“In light of recent events, we have decided to stop operations of the TikTok app in Hong Kong,” news report says.

The company’s exit from the city will come “within days,” according to the Reuters news agency.

TikTok now run by former Walt Disney executive Kevin Mayer, has said in the past that the app’s user data is not stored in China. The company also said previously that it would not comply with any Chinese government requests to censor content or give access to its user’s data, nor has it ever been asked to do so.

The controversial national security law in Hong Kong has given Chinese authorities sweeping new powers, raising concerns about data privacy.

The short form video app was launched by China based ByteDance for users outside mainland China as part of a strategy to grow its global audience. The tech company operates a similar short video sharing app in China called Douyin.

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