TikTok has had talks with the UK government over the past few months to set up its headquarters in London, a source familiar with the matter, in order to distance itself from its Chinese property.
London is one of several locations the company is considering, but no decisions have been made, the source said.
It was not immediately clear which other locations were being considered. But it has been aggressively involved in California this year, including hiring Kevin Mayer, a former Walt Disney co-manager, to head TikTok. He lives in the United States.
TikTok faces an in-depth investigation into Washington's suspicion that China could force the company to disclose user data. TikTok is owned by the China-based company ByteDance.
The source said the company has largely focused on its US problems in the past few weeks, but has not ruled out London as a potential location for its new headquarters. TikTok is expected to "significantly" expand its workforce in London and other key locations outside of China over the next few years, the source said.
The Sunday Times reported that hTiktok broke off talks with the British government to open a global headquarters in the UK.
A source said Tiktok is still in talks with the British government.
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