British Parliament shuts down TikTok account due to concerns of Chinese lawmakers



The British Parliament on Wednesday closed its TikTok account after MPs expressed concern about the social media app’s ownership by Chinese parent company ByteDance.

A Parliament spokesperson said: “Based on the comments of the (Parliament) member, we are closing the UK Parliament’s TikTok account earlier than we had planned.”

“The account was a pilot initiative while we were testing the platform as a way to reach younger audiences with relevant content about Parliament,” he added, but the account is now closed.

The objections were led by a group of lawmakers who have been sanctioned by Beijing for speaking out about alleged human rights abuses.

Former Conservative Party leader Ian Duncan Smith, one of those sanctioned, welcomed the decision.

“We need to start talking to people about not using TikTok,” he said.

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