The social media app Tiktok will be taken off the market in Hong Kong in the coming days. This was confirmed by the Chinese parent company ByteDance of the newspaper 21 Century Herald . According to Tiktok, the reason is the recent events in the Chinese special administrative zone. China passed a far-reaching new security law for Hong Kong last week.
According to the company, the censored and platform version Douyin, which is available in the People's Republic, will continue to be operated in the former British crown colony. TikTok has said in the past that it will not respond to requests for censorship or requests for user data from the Chinese government.
According to critics, the Chinese government's new security law is endangering Hong Kong's semi-autonomous status and democracy in the Special Administrative Region. The Hong Kong parliament could also be circumvented in certain decisions. According to the law, Chinese security forces will be allowed to work in the former British crown colony.
US government is considering banning Chinese social media
International internet companies and chat platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Google, Twitter and Telegram have announced that they will not process possible requests from the Hong Kong authorities to make user data available for investigations. Facebook announced that it would first consult human rights experts about the effects of the new law before taking any further decisions.
Meanwhile, the U.S., according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is reviewing a ban on Chinese social media apps like TikTok. "It's something we're looking at," Pompeo told Fox News. US MPs are concerned about user data handling and fear of working with China's secret services. India recently banned TikTok and 58 other apps from China.