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TikTok Will Increase Irish Staff

Chinese-owned video app TikTok announced on Wednesday morning it will increase its number of employees in Ireland to 1,100 by the first quarter of 2021 from just 20 in January. Ireland’s foreign investment agency said this pace of expansion was one of the fastest on record.

Chinese-owned video app TikTok announced on Wednesday morning it will increase its number of employees in Ireland to 1,100 by the first quarter of 2021 from just 20 in January. Ireland’s foreign investment agency said this pace of expansion was one of the fastest on record.

In a statement, the company said that its senior executive team from the Middle East, Africa and Europe is now based in Irish capital Dublin, overseeing privacy and data protection for Europe. 

The move comes as US President Donald Trump and other American lawmakers have said that the company is a national security risk and called for the divestment of the service in the United States.

TikTok already announced in August that it will set up its first European data center in Ireland, where tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Apple have their European headquarters, benefiting from a low corporate tax rate of 12.5 percent.

“This is probably one of the fastest (expansions) we have undoubtedly seen and they have done this in the midst of a global pandemic. That’s quite an achievement,” IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan said on Twitter.

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