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TikTok to Expand Its Ireland Office, Adding 200 Jobs

November 12, 2020 3:30 am

Beijing (PingWest)—TikTok, the short-video platform owned by Chinese unicorn ByteDance, announced Wednesday it’s planning to hire at least 200 people in Ireland over the next three months. By January 2021, TikTok's employees will increase from 900 to more than 1,100 in the European country.

TikTok said its senior executive team for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa is now based in Dublin, overseeing privacy and data protection for Europe.

A trust and safety hub was set up in the capital city at the start of 2020 to review and moderate content that gets shared on the platform. In August, the platform committed that a 420 million euro ($496 million) data center will be built in Ireland by 2022. The data center, set to be its first in Europe, will ultimately become the home for European user data.

In Europe, TikTok has over 2,000 staff, with the majority of those spread across Dublin and London.

“Today, over 100 million people in Europe are active on TikTok every month and we want to ensure that as this community continues to grow, we are doing everything we can to keep TikTok a safe space,” Keenan said.

The US President Donald Trump issued an executive order on August 14 requiring that unless the company’s US assets are sold to the US company before November 12, the app will be banned. 

Prior to this, It is said that TikTok has been considering where to open an international headquarters as part of an effort to distance itself from its Chinese parent company, but it is yet to make a formal announcement. Currently, TikTok’s biggest office worldwide is in Los Angeles, California.