TikTok halts Hong Kong access after security law

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Brief-video app TikTok has halted operations in Hong Kong, in keeping with a discover posted on its web site.

The corporate flagged the transfer earlier this week after China imposed a brand new safety legislation on town.

The legislation has restricted freedoms within the semi-autonomous territory, elevating issues of official oversight of social media.

Different social media corporations comparable to Fb and Twitter are additionally reviewing operations in Hong Kong.

TikTok has come beneath scrutiny from the US and different nations due to issues it might share consumer information with Chinese language authorities.

The app was launched exterior of mainland China by Beijing-based ByteDance to achieve a worldwide viewers.

Individually, a spokesman for the app, mentioned on Friday that TikTok would possibly come beneath a brand new enterprise construction.

“As we contemplate the very best path ahead, ByteDance is evaluating adjustments to the company construction of its TikTok enterprise,” the spokesman mentioned in an emailed assertion.

He additionally reiterated earlier pledges that ByteDance would refuse to share TikTok consumer information with Chinese language authorities.

“We’ve got by no means offered consumer information to the Chinese language authorities, nor would we achieve this if requested.”

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TikTok has elevated its recognition throughout international coronavirus lockdowns with about 315 million folks downloading the app within the first three months of this 12 months, in keeping with analysis agency Sensor Tower.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and an Australian member of parliament have not too long ago instructed the app wants extra scrutiny over its information and privateness insurance policies as a result of its headquarters are in China.

Mr Pompeo has banned state division staff from downloading the app and instructed the app may be banned within the US.

Nonetheless, the corporate denied that it represented a safety threat.

“TikTok is led by an American CEO (former Disney govt Kevin Mayer primarily based in Los Angeles), with tons of of staff and key leaders throughout security, safety, product, and public coverage right here within the US. We’ve got no increased precedence than selling a protected and safe app expertise for our customers,” a spokesman mentioned.


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