TikTok, the embattled short video app that has found itself at the center of China-U.S. tensions, on Thursday announced it will set up its first European data center with an investment of 420 million euros (500 million U.S. dollars) in Ireland.
Under fire from U.S. President Donald Trump over national security risks, TikTok is in talks with Microsoft about selling its U.S. operations. Trump said he will ban the service in the United States on Sept. 15 if there was no sale.
The project will create hundreds of new jobs and play a key role in further strengthening the safeguarding and protection of TikTok user data, Roland Cloutier, global chief information security officer of TikTok, said in a statement.
“This data centre signals our long-term commitment to Ireland and we expect the data centre to open and be operational by early 2022,” Cloutier said.
Ireland is one of Europe’s biggest hubs for data centres and hosts operations for major technology companies such as Amazon , Facebook and Alphabet Inc’s Google.
ByteDance said on Monday it was considering moving TikTok’s headquarters overseas, following a British media report that the unit could relocate to London. ($1 = 0.8420 euros) (Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Stockholm and Padraic Halpin in Dublin. Editing by Carmel Crimmins)