TikTok pulling out of Hong Kong

The Logo of social media app TikTok (also known as Douyin) is displayed on a smartphone on December 14, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

Beijing-based short-form video app TikTok said Monday that it would get out of the Hong Kong market following the enactment of China’s new security law in the semi-autonomous former British colony.

TikTok previously said it would not comply with requests from China for user data or censorship.

Also on Monday, Facebook, Twitter, and Google said they would stop processing requests from Hong Kong authorities for user data, pending a review of China’s newly imposed security law.

The law, which lets Beijing crack down on government critics and reduces Hong Kong’s autonomy, has had a chilling effect on free speech and internet use, as many Hong Kong residents deleted social media accounts and one upstart political party shut down.

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