TikTok owner to invest billions, recruit hundreds in Singapore over 3 years: Source

TikTok owner to invest billions, recruit hundreds in Singapore over 3 years: Source

TikTok is owned by the Chinese firm ByteDance, but it says it has never shared -- and will not share
File photo of the ByteDance logo. (Photo: AFP/Greg Baker)

BEIJING: TikTok owner ByteDance plans to invest to invest billions of dollars and recruit hundreds of employees in Singapore over the next three years, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday (Sep 11).

The company's plans about setting up a new data centre in Singapore is untrue, the source said, adding that the Beijing-based firm had stepped up the purchase of cloud-computing servers in Singapore to back up US data for contingency.

Separately, a company source said TikTok had moved some engineers to Singapore from China, starting this year.

Bloomberg earlier reported that ByteDance was planning to make Singapore its beachhead for the rest of Asia as part of its global expansion.

The news was first reported by Bloomberg on Friday.

The investment comes as ByteDance is being forced to sell TikTok's US assets under pressure from the Trump administration, which has cited potential national security risk due to the vast amount of private data the app is compiling on US consumers.

READ: Trump says there will be no extension of TikTok deadline

According to a Bloomberg report on Thursday, the company is likely to miss the Sep 20 deadline imposed by US President Donald Trump for the sale of assets, as new Chinese regulations have complicated deal talks with bidders Microsoft and Oracle.

Source: Reuters/CNA/dv

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