TikTok Decided To Leave Hong Kong After Beijing Passed The National Security Law
Chinese social network TikTok will stop operating in Hong Kong after the adoption of the national security law of the special administrative region by Beijing.
TikTok said in a statement that the company has decided to stop operating in Hong Kong "in light of recent events."
TikTok, which is owned by Chinese Internet giant Bye dance Inc., is trying to distance itself from its Chinese roots and increase its appeal in the world. The company recently made it to its Chief Executive Officer head of the training areas of the Walt Disney Co. Kevin Mayer.
TikTok said that all its data is stored on servers in the United States, and insisted that it will not delete the content, even if it receives a request from the Chinese authorities.
Meanwhile, the world's largest social networks and messengers, including Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram, Google, and Twitter, have announced that they will stop accepting requests from Chinese authorities to release Hong Kong data after the law is passed. Companies say they are assessing the impact of the law.
The law defines the obligations of the Central government of the country and the responsibility of the Hong Kong authorities for ensuring the national security of the special administrative region. It punishes four main types of crimes: separatist activities, Subversion of state authority, terrorist activities, and colluding with foreign States or forces located abroad to harm national security.
For crimes related to violations of the law, various prison terms are provided, up to life.