TikTok declared Monday that it would remove its social video platform from the Google and Apple app stores in Hong Kong among a subject to the new law that went into effect last week.
China passes the Hong Kong security law that authorities fear will break political freedoms and floor the way for China to bond its control over the semi-autonomous empire.
TikTok Pull Out of Hong Kong: Watch the Video
The compressed video app dominated by China-based ByteDance has decided to exit the land that following China’s establishment of an entirely new national security law for the semi-autonomous city.
Tech companies running in Hong Kong have revealed attention that the new law could require them to comply with China’s draconian licensing standards and possibly send user data to the mainland. Google, Facebook, and Twitter have already stopped processing demands for user data from the Hong Kong government.
Statement by spokesperson
“In light of recent events, we’ve decided to stop operations of the TikTok app in Hong Kong,” a TikTok spokesperson stated in answer to a Reuters question about its dedication to the business.
Kevin A Mayer is an American businessman and the chief executive officer of TikTok. Before he was appointed TikTok CEO, Mayer was the Chairman of Direct-to-Consumer & International division of The Walt Disney Company.
The company, now run by former Walt Disney Co executive Kevin Mayer, said that the app’s user data not stored in China. Social media Platform has been downloaded more than 2 billion times over world through the Apple and Google app stores after the first quarter this year, according to analytics firm Sensor Tower.
Announcement On last September says it has owned 150,000 users in Hong Kong. While that figure since increased, it remains a small market and an unthrifty one, according to the organization.
Short video social media Platform extends to face analysis in the US. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the government is “certainly looking at” banning TikTok and several other Chinese social media apps. TikTok was also halted in India last week alongside dozens of other Chinese apps.