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TikTok faces ban in U.S., pulls out of Hong Kong

Christian Fernsby |
On Monday night, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News that the United States is certainly looking for banning TikTok over concerns that it could be used by the Beijing government as a surveillance and propaganda tool.

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Topics: TIKTOK    U.S.    HONG KONG   

The potential ban would deal another blow to TikTok after it recently went down in its biggest market, India.

On the heel of Pompeo’s statement, TikTok announced that it would pull out of Hong Kong, which is facing an unprecedented wave of control from the Beijing government after the promulgation of the national security law.

“In light of recent events, we’ve decided to stop operations of the TikTok app in Hong Kong,” said a TikTok spokesperson. The company declined further comment on the decision.

The vagueness of the statement leaves many questions unanswered. One has to wonder whether ByteDance will relaunch a censored version of the app in Hong Kong, presumably replacing it with its ByteDance Chinese team's sister app Douyin.

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