back to article TikTok to splurge €420m on Ireland data centre to get Euro-data into Europe by 2022

Controversial made-in-China social network TikTok has announced it intends to “establish a new data centre in Ireland, and our first data centre in Europe” and will spend “approximately €420million” on the project. The outfit says the bit barn build will deliver on its plan to enhance security, reduce latency and provide lots …

  1. Chris G

    If I were inclined to video blog, I would far sooner do it on Tik Tok than Instagram or YouTube.

    Instagram is part of FB, nuff said and You Tube get stranger by the day in the way they treat the creators of their content.

    1. Nifty Silver badge

      Get your teen to send you a screenshot of the options in TikTok to report offensive content. Stand this side by side with YouTube's or Facebook's similar menu. Then notice the totally different emphasis. Once someone suggests to you that TikTok's menu is designed to report politically challenging uploads (and not much else), you won't be able to unthink it. This will change lightning-quick once an IT journo realises it. So grab your screenshot soon.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "If I were inclined to video blog, I would far sooner do it on Tik Tok than Instagram or YouTube."

      And if you do it for money you might get 1/10th of what you would make on YT or Insta. You'll likely get 10x more followers for the fake Internet points to make up for it.

      Lets drive the value of content down to zero and celebrate the result.

  2. Charlie Clark Silver badge

    The company has not said why it plans to build a data centre rather than just rent racks galore in a co-lo facility or sign a deal like its existing $800m multi-year arrangement with Google Cloud.

    Well, seeing as Safe Harbor and Privacy Shield have been found insufficient by EU courts, why would you risk user's personal data on a system which Uncle Sam thinks it can rifle through at any time? And, if the need is big enough, then it is far cheaper to run your own data centre than rent from Google, Microsoft or AWS.

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Or more importantly can you see an Irish politician voting for a TikTok ban and then going back to their constituency and saying "I saved you from a 420M local investment"

  3. 0laf

    I do wonder if Tik Tok will just disappear like MySpace etc when the yoof get bored of it and their gandparents start using it, like everything else basically.

    1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      On that basis Facegramter should go first with TT replacing them.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      It's still fun

      I did see a couple of well-known celebs trying to bore the place up, and I'm sure the Fun Police will arrive sometime, but right now, it's still a fun place where people do dumb stuff, tell non-PC jokes and girls do twerking.

    3. DS999 Silver badge

      Vine disappeared quickly

      So TikTok may well do the same when something new comes along. Not that old social media networks ever really die, Myspace is still zombieing around after all.

    4. NeilPost Silver badge

      Probably about 6 months after Microsoft have spaffed $20bn on it.

      They never Fucking learn.

  4. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    Keeping out of the hands of any US corporation would be advantageous. In regard to doing business with that tiny remnant known as the Rest of the World being banned in the US must surely be worth while.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "Keeping out of the hands of any US corporation would be advantageous."

      Try asking HKers that are busily trying to purge ALL on-line content if they are more afraid of the Chinese than the US corporations? While keeping your data out of the hands of US corporations is wise advice, there are alternatives that are even worse.

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