TikTok a Chinese short-form mobile videos social media app owned by ByteDance made decision to exit Hong kong in coming days due to the new national security law for the semi-autonomous city.
TikTok will exit the Hong Kong market within days, a spokesman told Reuters late on Monday, as other technology companies including Facebook Inc (FB.O) have suspended processing government requests for user data in the region.
“In light of recent events, we’ve decided to stop operations of the TikTok app in Hong Kong,” an app spokesman said in response to a Reuters question about its commitment to the market.
According to source, the decision was taken because it was not clear that is Hong Kong will fall entirely under Beijing jurisdiction.
As of now TikTok has 150,000 users in Hong Kong, while the app has over 2 billion worldwide download.
The Chinese version of TikTok, called Douyin, which is currently active in China and has amassed 400 million daily active user.
Although there are no current plans to introduce Douyin to the Hong Kong market, a ByteDance spokesman said, the app already has a sizeable audience in the Asian financial centre as Chinese on the mainland travel and stay in Hong Kong.