TikTok to set up first European data centre in Ireland

Logo of the social media video sharing app Tiktok displayed on a tablet screen in Paris.
Logo of the social media video sharing app Tiktok displayed on a tablet screen in Paris.
Lionel Bonaventure/ AFP

Chinese-owned social media app TikTok on Thursday announced it will set up its first data centre for European users in Ireland, which it expects to be operational by early 2022.

Roland Cloutier, TikTok's global chief information security officer, said the €420 million investment would create jobs, enable faster loading times and "play a key role in further strengthening the safeguarding and protection of TikTok user data".

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