- Title: TikTok says it will exit Hong Kong market within days
- Date: 7th July 2020
- Summary: PEOPLE WALKING INTO BYTEDANCE BUILDING / SECURITY GUARD WITH MASK ON / LOGO ON WALL READING (Chinese + English) "BYTEDANCE" EXTERIOR OF BYTEDANCE BUILDING LOGO OF BYTEDANCE PEOPLE WALKING PEOPLE WALKING INTO BUILDING STRIP AT CLOSED DOOR WITH LOGO OF BYTEDANCE / PEOPLE PASSING BY ENTRANCE TO BYTEDANCE BUILDING
- Embargoed: 21st July 2020 07:30
- Keywords: Bytedance China Hong Kong Mike Pompeo Tiktok national security law social media apps the United States
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA002CLT6O1Z
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:TikTok said it will exit the Hong Kong market within days, a spokesman told Reuters late on Monday (July 6), as other technology companies including Facebook Inc have suspended processing government requests for user data in the region.
The short form video app owned by China-based ByteDance has made the decision to exit the region following China's establishment of a sweeping new national security law for the semi-autonomous city.
Late on Monday, the U.S. secretary of State Mike Pompeo also said that the United States is "certainly looking at" banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok.
U.S. lawmakers have raised national security concerns over TikTok's handling of user data, saying they were worried about Chinese laws requiring domestic companies "to support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party."
The company, now run by former Walt Disney Co executive Kevin Mayer, has said in the past that the app's user data is not stored in China.
(Production: Irene Wang, Thomas Suen)
- Copyright Holder: REUTERS
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