TikTok users in the UK are concerned over the app’s future after Hong Kong’s ban decision.
TikTok has made headlines for the last few weeks after India banned the site and 58 other Chinese apps over security concerns.
The social media app has become an obsession for many users with its endless challenges, filters and choreographed dance routines.
However, after the ban in Hong Kong, people fear that TikTok might be banned here in the UK as well.
TikTok to leave Hong Kong
TikTok will no longer be available in Hong Kong following a new security law that China imposed on the city.
The news first broke after Reuters reported that the social media app will leave Hong Kong “within days”.
A spokesperson for the news outlet has confirmed: “In light of recent events, we’ve decided to stop operations of the TikTok app in Hong Kong.”
TikTok has over 2 billion users around the world, while that figure is around 150,000 in Hong Kong, Reuters has further reported.
Meanwhile, Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter have confirmed they will be all making some changes following China’s new security law.
Is TikTok getting banned in the UK?
That’s unconfirmed at the moment. There are no reports about that, but of course, TikTok users in the UK got concerned after the ban in India and now in Hong Kong.
People’s concerns grew further after several news outlets reported that there are fears the app could be banned in Australia over privacy threats.
Australian Senator Jenny McAllister has addressed a Senate inquiry about TikTok’s security.
McAllister told the Herald Sun:
“Part of the job of this Committee is to get all of those stakeholders in the room and create a forum where we can have a really good discussion about what are the boundaries, about what is and isn’t acceptable on these types of matters.”
UK users react on social media
It’s safe to say that people in the UK are divided when it comes to the potential future of TikTok in the country.
Some have shared their concerns and said the app has opened endless opportunities for creating online content.
Others, however, seem to be tired of TikTok’s memes and challenges and welcome a potential ban in the future.
Check out more reactions down below.