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TikTok Pulls Out of Hong Kong Due to New Security Law

TikTok to pull out of Hong Kong after China imposed National-Security Law.

TikTok, the buzzy short-video platform owned by Chinese technology giant Bytedance Ltd. says it will stop offering its social video app in Hong Kong after the region adopted a new national security law granting expanded powers to the mainland Chinese government.

“In light of recent events, we’ve decided to stop operations of the TikTok app in Hong Kong,” a spokesperson tells Axios.

Global tech companies operating in Hong Kong have expressed concern that the new law could force them to comply with China’s draconian censorship standards and possibly send user data to the mainland.

Google, Facebook, and Twitter have already stopped processing requests for user data from the Hong Kong government.

The company has also said previously that it would not comply with any Chinese government requests to censor content or give access to its users’ data, nor has it ever been asked to do so.

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

The legislation punishes what China describes broadly as secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign forces, with up to life in prison.

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.