TikTok is evaluating several locations as a potential new headquarters location, including London, according to Reuters: News agency sources say conversations have already taken place with the British government in the past few months. No additional details were revealed about the other locations.
The social network of short videos, whose popularity has skyrocketed in recent months, is experiencing a rather delicate period: ByteDance, the company that created it, is Chinese, and this has generated several international concerns – a lot that the United States could impose a ban within the next few weeks, while India has already done so (along with many other Chinese apps) and the Italian Privacy Authority wants the EU to investigate.
The underlying fear is more or less the same that is making Huawei more and more difficult – namely that the Chinese government uses it as an espionage vehicle. ByteDance has already taken steps to mitigate these concerns: for example, TikTok is not available at home, there is a similar app called Douyin. But he has been considering moving abroad for some time – or at least creating an independent company to manage international business fearlessly.
A few weeks ago, always Reuters reported discussions about moving directly to America, followed by a rather massive hiring campaign in the West. Indeed, the new CEO of TikTok is the American Kevin Mayer, former Disney executive (he was the head of the streaming division, one of the protagonists of the genesis of Disney +).
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