British Parliament closes its TikTok account over China concerns


The objections were led by a group of MPs sanctioned by Beijing. (File)


The British Parliament closed its TikTok account on Wednesday after MPs expressed concerns over the ownership of the social media app by Chinese parent company ByteDance.

“Based on feedback from Members (of Parliament), we are closing the UK Parliament’s TikTok trial account earlier than we planned,” a parliament spokesperson said.

“The account was a pilot initiative as we tested the platform as a way to reach a younger audience with relevant content about parliament,” he added, but the account is now locked.

The objections were led by a group of MPs sanctioned by Beijing for speaking out against alleged human rights violations.

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith, one of those sanctioned, applauded the decision.

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

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