Tiktok has suggested that he will say goodbye to the Hong Kong market after the National Security Law introduce by China for the city. ByteDance-owned app has said it will be moving out of Hong Kong in a few days and will not share any users’ data with the city’s government. Read more behind the decision for the popular short video-sharing platform.
TikTok to leave Hong Kong
Bytdance will remove his famous TikTok app from App Stores in Hong Kong city due to non-compliance with national security law. A spokesperson for TikTok told Reuters, “In light of recent events, we have decided to stop operating the TikTok app in Hong Kong.”
This step has been taken to avoid sharing users’ data with the government. To recall, TikTok has claimed in the past that it neither shares users’ data with the Chinese government nor stores the any data in the country.
This has since led to some criticism for the popular app as accused of censoring users ‘content and stealing users’ data, thus, posing privacy and security concerns. In its defense, TikTok has stated that it does not follow the rules of China and does no harm to users.
Other technology companies such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Google and more have also decided not to share users’ data with Hong Kong. Soon TikTok will be out of the Hong Kong market, others may also follow.
To recall, TikTok has recently been banned along with more than 50 other Chinese apps in India as they pose a threat to the security and privacy of users in the country. This may be another reason why Tiktok aims to clear its image by not following by China.