The popular video app TikTok announced on Monday it will leave the Hong Kong market in the coming days following China’s imposition of a new “national security” law severely limiting the city’s freedoms.
“In light of recent events, we’ve decided to stop operations of the TikTok app in Hong Kong,” a TikTok spokesman told Reuters.
TikTok’s decision to leave Hong Kong follows last week’s imposition of a “national security” law by China’s National People’s Congress that grants Beijing sweeping new powers.
Other major technology firms including Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Google, and Telegram have all recently confirmed their intention to make changes to their operations in Hong Kong in light of the new law.
Last week, the government of India banned TikTok and 58 other apps Chinese-developed apps following deadly clashes between his military and Chinese forces over the long-running Sino-Indian border dispute.