The TikTok social network will no longer be available in Hong Kong in the coming days due to the adoption of the national security law by the Chinese authorities. This was reported on Tuesday, July 7, according to Reuters, citing a representative of the company.
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The app is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance Technology.
“In light of recent events, we have decided to discontinue the TikTok app in Hong Kong,” the statement said.
On June 10, it became known that the European data protection Committee decided to check TikTok after a meeting in Brussels.
Prior to this, us national security agencies launched an investigation against the owner of TikTok due to the possible leak of users ‘ personal data into the hands of the Chinese government.
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The social network and platform for creating and viewing short videos was launched in September 2016. Initially, it was called Douyin and was aimed only at Chinese users. In 2017, the company launched its “copy” called TikTok.
China’s national security law came into force on June 30. Thanks to this legal act, the Chinese authorities will be able to effectively stop the actions of radicals.
Hong Kong was invaded by the United Kingdom in 1842 and was a British colony until 1997. After this year, the region was again part of China on the rights of sovereignty. Hong Kong is granted broad autonomy until 2047.