TikTok disappears from Hong Kong app stores after new national security law comes into effect

Along with the Indian government’s banning of Chinese apps, more turmoil in TikTok’s user base…:

[…] TikTok, which is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, flagged earlier this week it would be exiting Hong Kong “in light of recent events,” referencing the national security law passed at the end of June.

Under the new law, people found guilty of secession or subversion can be punished with a life sentence in prison. But the law also gives authorities powers to police online content including requiring technology platforms and internet service providers to delete content that falls foul of the legislation, or face fines.

Major U.S. organizations including Twitter and Facebook said they were pausing requests for user data from Hong Kong law enforcement while they evaluate what this law means.

Hong Kong TikTok users were greeted with the following message when they opened the app: “Thank you for the time you’ve spent on TikTok and giving us the the opportunity to bring a little bit of joy into your life!”

“We regret to inform you that we have discontinued operating TikTok in Hong Kong,” it continued.


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