TikTok Will No Longer Operate In Hong Kong Due To National Security Law
TikTok Will No Longer Operate In Hong Kong
Hong Kong police no longer have to get a court order to remove internet posts they claim “endanger national security”.
TikTok has said it will no longer operate in Hong Kong after China’s new national security law demanded it hand over user data.
Google, Twitter and Facebook have also said they will deny requests for user data from Hong Kong law enforcement while they examine the implications of the new legislation.
The Hong Kong government announced how some aspects of the security law will be implemented late on Monday.
Police will no longer have to seek court orders before requiring internet users or service providers to remove posts or aid investigations.
Any message which is “likely to constitute an offence endangering national security or is likely to cause the occurrence of an offence endangering national security” could be removed.
Last week, Beijing imposed a sweeping new national security law on Hong Kong which many – including the UK and US governments – believe threatens the city’s traditional freedoms.
The Chinese and Hong Kong governments insist those freedoms will be respected and that the law is necessary to restore stability.