The inhabitants of Hong Kong will soon be able to use the social network TikTok, very popular among young people, because of the recent law on the national security imposed by China, the company announced Monday evening.
“In light of recent events, we decided to stop the app TikTok to Hong Kong,” said a spokesman to AFP.
The complete stop will take a few days, according to TikTok, who must communicate with its users and its advertisers.
Facebook, Google and Twitter have them confirmed on Monday that they no longer responded to requests for information on their users from the government and the authorities in Hong Kong, by respect for freedom of expression.
The four global platforms have stated that their teams were in the process to closely examine the new law is very controversial.
Hong Kong, a former british colony handed back to China in 1997 on the condition to maintain certain freedoms, enjoys an unlimited Internet access in contrast to mainland China where these three services are, for example, blocked.
But last week, the chinese Parliament has adopted a law on national security of Hong Kong, paving the way for radical changes and a potential turn authoritarian.
TikTok, property of chinese group ByteDance, in great demand by young people through her videos at the lighthearted tone, especially around the humor, dance and music, there were 800 million users in January in the world (according to DataReportal).
The platform has often had to defend his links with China, where its parent company has a similar application under a different name.
It has always denied to share data with the chinese authorities and the insured does not intend to accept such applications.