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TikTok to quit Hong Kong after China brings in new security law

Pompeo warns Americans about using video app, suggests ban under consideration

TikTok said after 'recent events' in Hong Kong it would stop operations there. China recently implemented a new national security law for the city. (Nikkei Montage/AP/Reuters) 

HONG KONG -- TikTok is to terminate its hugely popular short video app in Hong Kong within days -- becoming the first social media company to say it will withdraw one of its services -- days after Beijing implemented a new national security law in the territory.

More tech companies including Zoom also said Tuesday that they would "pause" data requests related to Hong Kong, following the lead of other social media platforms that have pushed back this week against the China-backed security law.

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