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LONDON – TikTok announced on Wednesday that it plans to hire at least 200 employees in Ireland over the next three months. By January 2021, the total number of employees in the country is expected to increase from 900 to over 1,100.
China's ByteDance social video app opened a trust and security center in Dublin in early 2020 to review and moderate content shared on the platform.
There were fewer than 20 people in the office when it started, but it now employs almost 600 people, said Cormac Keenan, head of trust and security at TikTok, in a blog post. Many of them are former Facebook content moderators who joined outsourcing agencies like CPL and Accenture.
TikTok also employs people in other roles in Ireland. For example, she recently set up a European data protection and privacy team.
The company has also pledged to build a data center in Ireland worth 420 million euros ($ 496 million) by 2022. The data center, which is expected to be the first in Europe, will ultimately be home to European user data.
Keenan said the company's rapid growth in Ireland complements the growth of the TikTok community.
"Today over 100 million people in Europe are active on TikTok every month and we want to make sure that as this community continues to grow, we do everything we can to keep TikTok in a safe space," he said.
Ireland, with its relatively low corporate tax rate, has become a major outpost for tech giants. Apple and Facebook have their European headquarters there. Tens of thousands of technicians live in Dublin.
Irish Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar said in a statement: "This is a significant expansion of TikTok's business capabilities here in Ireland, particularly in the important areas of trust and security, data protection and privacy.
"I am delighted that TikTok has decided to expand its operations here, creating 900 rolls to that degree, pledging another 200 by the end of January. This is further evidence that Ireland is a technology location of choice -Innovators. "
TikTok also has trust and security offices in Mountain View and Singapore. In September, Theo Bertram, TikTok's director of government relations and public order in Europe, said that TikTok has more than 10,000 people working on trust and security worldwide.
TikTok has over 2,000 employees in Europe, most of them in Dublin and London.
TikTok has been considering where to open an international headquarters in order to distance itself from its Chinese parent company. However, a formal announcement is still pending.
TikTok's largest global office is in Los Angeles, California. However, the company's future in the US was uncertain for several months after President Donald Trump announced on Aug. 14 that the app would be banned in the US if the company's American assets were not transferred to an American by November 12 Company would be sold.
On Tuesday, TikTok said it hadn't heard from the Trump administration in weeks.