Early last week TikTok declared their withdrawal from Hong Kong. TikTok has over 150,000 users from Hong Kong who could not use their most loved short video recording app. This is because the app owner, ByteDance declared on Tuesday, to stop the operation of TikTok in Hong Kong.
The app became unavailable in Apple’s app store as well as in Google Playstore in Hong Kong. The people who already downloaded the app can’t log in anymore.
Before TikTok came up with the decision, the issue of U.S. planning to ban this popular app already circulated the internet; the U.S. government sees the app as hidden propaganda for particular political concerns. According to State’s Secretary Mike Pompeo, the administration is “looking up” to ban TikTok. They believe that it can be a tool to access private information among Americans.
The State has been concerned about this since the passing of the controversial National Security Law of the Beijing government. In this case, U.S. is not the only one who raised their concerns about this matter but also India as they have banned the TikTok app, which currently has 200 million users, and 58 other apps.
TikTok did not just raise concerns about security and political but also other concerns such as dangerous challenges, people, and racist remarks.
After the U.S. announced their plan of banning the video-sharing app, Tiktok responded by stopping its operation in Hong Kong without further comments about their decision.
There is still no certainty if the ByteDance team will replace it with their other app Douyin or launch another similar app.