Faizel Patel – 07/07/2020
Video platform TikTok says it will stop operations in Hong Kong, joining other social media companies in warily eyeing ramifications of a sweeping national security law that took effect last week.
Associated Press (AP) reports the short-form video app’s planned departure from Hong Kong comes as various social media platforms and messaging apps including Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram, Google and Twitter balk at the possibility of providing user data to Hong Kong authorities.
The short-form video app owned by China-based ByteDance has made the decision to exit the region following China’s establishment of a sweeping new national security law for the semi-autonomous city.
In a statement, TikTok says it has decided to halt operations “in light of recent events.” The company would not comment on the size of its operations in Hong Kong or any other matters.
Operated by Chinese internet giant Bytedance, TikTok has sought to distance itself from its Chinese roots while striving for global appeal.
It recently hired former Walt Disney executive Kevin Mayer to be its CEO.