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TikTok social network will stop working in Hong Kong due to new national security law





TikTok, a popular short video creation service owned by ByteDance, China, has announced it has been suspended in Hong Kong due to the entry into force of Hong Kong's National Security Act last week. This was announced by the company representative Axios .

"In light of recent events, we decided to stop the TikTok application in Hong Kong," he said. Earlier, large technology companies also expressed concern about the adoption of a law that forces them to comply with the requirements in force in mainland China. So, Google, Facebook and Twitter have already stopped fulfilling requests from Hong Kong authorities for the provision of user data, writes The Verge .

TikTok previously claimed that they did not disclose the data to the Chinese authorities. At the same time, US authorities are considering the possibility of blocking the service, as well as a number of other Chinese applications due to suspicions of relations with the PRC government.

Hong Kong's National Security Act entered into force on June 30. It sets out the obligations of the central government of the PRC and the responsibility of the Hong Kong authorities to ensure the national security of the special administrative region. The law provides for punishment for four main types of crimes: separatist activity, undermining state power, terrorist activity, as well as conspiring with foreign states or forces located abroad, in order to undermine national security.

Immediately after the entry into force of the new national security law in Hong Kong, more than 300 participants in anti-government actions were detained. Among them, four - five men and four women - are directly suspected of violating the new law.

The decision to pass a law on Hong Kong caused a wave of criticism of Beijing from the United States and Western countries, Washington imposed visa restrictions on Chinese officials. In addition, US authorities announced the cessation of exports to Hong Kong of US military products and dual-use technologies.

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