ByteDance, the owner of social media app TikTok, reportedly began examining options to amend the corporate structure of the service, in an effort to alleviate concerns over alleged links to the Chinese government.
The Wall Street Journal reported ByteDance was considering the possibility of establishing a headquarters for TikTok outside of China, as well as building a new management board.
TikTok has offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore, Jakarta, Seoul and Tokyo.
ByteDance’s move was later confirmed by a company representative who told Fortune the company would take steps according to “the best interest” of its users, employees, artists, creators, partners and policy makers.
The app, which offers short-form videos, was banned from India in June as part of a crackdown against Chinese apps due to data privacy and state sovereignty concerns.
TikTok operations were halted in Hong Kong today (10 July), BBC News reported, a move the company previously warned it would take after the imposition of a wide-ranging national security law by Chinese authorities.