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Entertainment Some K-Pop stars' TikTok China accounts blocked from view

10:25  17 july  2020
10:25  17 july  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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SHANGHAI/SEOUL (Reuters) - Some K - pop stars ' accounts have been blocked from view on TikTok 's China version Douyin, Reuters' checks showed on Friday, days after South Korea's media regulator slapped fines on the short-video app for data privacy noncompliance.

SHANGHAI/SEOUL (Reuters) - Some K - pop stars ' accounts have been blocked from view on TikTok 's China version Douyin, Reuters' checks showed on Friday, days after South Korea's media regulator slapped fines on the short-video app for data privacy noncompliance.

a close up of a sign: FILE PHOTO: Man walks by a logo of Bytedance, which owns short video app TikTok, at its office in Beijing © Reuters/Thomas Suen FILE PHOTO: Man walks by a logo of Bytedance, which owns short video app TikTok, at its office in Beijing

SHANGHAI/SEOUL (Reuters) - Some K-pop stars' accounts have been blocked from view on TikTok's China version Douyin, Reuters' checks showed on Friday, days after South Korea's media regulator slapped fines on the short-video app for data privacy noncompliance.

The reasons for the blocks were unknown, but the move also comes after remarks by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the United States is "certainly looking at" banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok.

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But TikTok , owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, has also been on the radar since last year. Washington has been concerned that the platform TikTok has tried to distance itself from its Chinese parent company. The company hired former Disney executive, Kevin Mayer, to be TikTok 's CEO

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South Korea's communications regulator on Wednesday fined TikTok Pte Ltd, the publisher of the app, 186 million won for collecting personal information of children under 14 years of age without consent from guardians and failing to disclose or notify when sending personal information overseas.

TikTok was required to submit voluntary preventative measures within 30 days, and the regulator planned to continue discussions with TikTok on information security issues, an official with the Korea Communications Commission said.

Accounts of K-Pop stars such as Rain, TWICE, Mamamoo and HyunA were blocked from view on Douyin as of Friday.

Douyin and TikTok operated independently and the accounts were working normally on TikTok, a TikTok spokeswoman said.

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As Richemont said, China ’s consumers are spending locally rather than on holiday in Japan, Europe or the rest of Asia. Yet, while China may be the largest single market for many luxury names such as Burberry — where 40 percent of Some K - Pop stars ' TikTok China accounts blocked from view .

Barr's comments are the latest salvo in a concerted effort by the Trump administration to ramp up pressure on Beijing, from Hong Kong to national security concerns tied to tech firms TikTok and Huawei. Yahoo Finance Video. Some K - Pop stars ' TikTok China accounts blocked from view .

Representatives for Douyin did not immediately respond to a request for comment. TikTok and Douyin are both owned by Chinese company ByteDance.

The K-pop stars' management agencies did not comment.

China accumulated 196.6 million downloads of Douyin as of the first quarter of 2020, or 9.7% of more than 2 billion TikTok downloads in total, according to data from industry site Sensor Tower.

K-Pop concerts, tourism and South Korean businesses were hit hard by a Chinese boycott in 2017 after Seoul deployed a U.S-made missile defence system despite Beijing's objections.

Hopes of a thaw in relations grew earlier this year amid plans for a possible visit to Seoul by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

(Reporting by Joyce Lee in Seoul and Brenda Goh in Shanghai; Additional Reporting by Shanghai Newsroom; Editing by Stephen Coates)

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