TikTok pulls app from Hong Kong App Store amid new security law

TikTok will stop offering its app to users in Hong Kong, it has revealed today. It’s after the area enforced a new security law that meant citizens’ freedoms were at stake, with the Chinese government given more powers.

The popular video sharing platform will “stop all operations” in Hong Kong “within days”, meaning users will no longer be able to access the service. It means that the TikTok app will be removed from the App Store and Google Play in the region.

TikTok has previously claimed it wouldn’t comply with Chinese requests to hand over user data and has faced heavy scrutiny for years.

Google, Facebook, Twitter and other tech firms have also said they would not process or accept data requests from police in Hong Kong, and will continue to assess the new laws put in place.

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