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Bigo Technologies to shift its Hong Kong servers to Singapore: Report

Bigo Technology, which owns apps such as Bigo Live and Likee, is shifting its servers from Hong Kong to Singapore in response to China’s enactment of Hong Kong’s National Security Law, Reuters reported. Since the law was enacted in June, multiple Big Tech firms — Facebook, WhatsApp, Google, and Twitter — have suspended their mechanisms to process data requests from law enforcement agencies in Hong Kong. TikTok, a competitor of Bigo Technology's Likee, had also announced that it will cease its operations in the territory. We have reached out to Bigo for more details. The development also comes as the US is doubling down on Chinese internet companies (more on that below). The National Security Law defines offences very broadly and allows the police to take down internet posts and punish internet companies that do not comply with data requests. For not complying with the law, companies could be fined almost $13,000 and authorities could jail employees of the internet companies for six months. If an employee refuses to remove content as ordered, they could be jailed for a year. The police can also order deletion of posts that threaten national security. Since the new law applies across the world, companies would also have to give data of users in countries outside Hong Kong. Bigo Live and Likee were banned in India: Bigo’s announcement comes as its Bigo Live and Likee were banned in India, along with 57 other ‘Chinese’ apps in June over national security concerns. The company also…

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