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dpaLondon In Britain, Parliament’s TikTok account has been closed after MPs raised concerns about the social media firm’s Chinese links.Use of the popular app, owned by a Chinese parent firm, had been an attempt to engage youngsters with the work of Parliament.But the relationship between Westminster and Beijing has been severely strained after seven MPs and peers were sanctioned by the Chinese state.A UK Parliament spokesman said: “Based on Member feedback, we are closing the pilot UK Parliament TikTok account earlier than we had planned.“The account was a pilot initiative while we tested the platform as a way of reaching younger audiences with relevant content about Parliament.” The account has been locked and its content has been deleted.Followers of the account are met with an updated bio that reads: “This account is now closed. Find us at www.parliament.uk.” TikTok’s parent firm ByteDance is based in China and MPs have raised concerns about user data being sent to Beijing.In a letter to the Speakers of the Commons and Lords, seen by the Politico website, a group of MPs who have been sanctioned by the Beijing government for speaking out about human rights abuses complained about the TikTok account.
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04/08/2022
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