TikTok’s Hong Kong exit isn’t a stand against Beijing’s internet censorship

TikTok, owned by Chinese social media giant ByteDance, announced that it will pull out of Hong Kong after Beijing imposed a new national security law that is bringing Chinese-style internet censorship to the city. 

The Hong Kong government yesterday granted the police vast new powers to monitor and control online speech under the new law, which prompted a number of US tech giants to say they would suspend acting on requests from Hong Kong for user information.

“In light of recent events, we’ve decided to stop operations of the TikTok app in Hong Kong,” a TikTok spokesperson said today (July 7), without elaborating. A source cited by Reuters said the company made the decision because it is unclear if Hong Kong will “fall entirely under Beijing’s jurisdiction” after the new law.

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