In light of China’s introduction of new national security law in the city, the popular short video sharing TikTok app has decided to stop its operations in Hong Kong.
The ByteDance-owned Chinese app has expressed their concern and said they will exist Hong Kong in a few days owing to the fear that the new law could force them to comply with China’s harsh censorship standards. This move has been taken to possibly avoid sharing user’s data with the government.
Google, Facebook, and Twitter have already made a similar move by stop sharing user’s data with the Hong Kong government in view of rising privacy and security threats.
Meanwhile, TikTok has long been arguing that it never shares data with the Chinese government, the new Hong Kong law would have undermined the company’s case if it continued to operate in the region.
Last week, India banned TikTok alongside 59 other Chinese apps amid increasing tensions between the countries.