JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – TikTok will stop operating in Hong Kong, joining other social media companies.
This was to be aware of the consequences of national security laws that took effect starting last week.
This short video application plans to leave Hong Kong such as social media platforms and other messaging applications such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram, Google and Twitter, which strongly reject the possibility of providing user data to Hong Kong authorities.
Social media companies say they are assessing the implications of a security law, which prohibits Beijing’s separatist, subversive or terrorist activities or as a foreign intervention in the city’s internal affairs.
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Known, China is very limited movement of foreign social media platforms in the areas they control.
Critics see the law as the boldest move in Beijing to erase the legal gap between the former British colony and the authoritarian Communist Party system on the mainland.
In its official statement, TikTok has decided to stop the operation “in view of recent events.”
However, the company has said all its data is stored on servers in the US and insisted it would not delete content even if asked to do so by the Chinese government.
Even so, TikTok is still considered a national security risk in America.
US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said on Monday that they were considering banning certain social media applications, including TikTok.
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