India Bans TikTok and 58 Other Chinese Apps Citing Security Concerns

Yolanda Curtis
July 6, 2020

On Monday, India said it had banned 59 Chinese-owned apps, including TikTok, while Chinese companies are being blocked from participating in highway projects and are banned from investing in micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. Delhiites also welcomed the decision to remove Chinese apps. India is its largest market by user, accompanied by the United States. In the meantime, the country has turned to local social platforms like Sharechat and Ropos.

"The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures". Tik Tok has been removed from Apple's App Store and Google Play Store.

"Our managers say there is no need to panic and it's business as usual".

TikTok, one of the 59 apps banned by the Central government, had on Tuesday said that it complies with all data privacy and security requirements under the Indian law and has not shared any information of its users in India with any foreign government, including China. The video had been liked 218,000 times, as the app still functions on phones on which it is already downloaded. Lawyers have said a legal challenge was unlikely to be successful, given India has cited national security concerns for the ban. New Delhi in April mandated screening of incoming investments from countries like China, hitting the likes of Tencent.

One Indian government source told Reuters this week the ban was unlikely to be revoked soon.

Indian protesters have been calling for a boycott of Chinese goods since the June 15 confrontation along the border.

Meanwhile, India's ban on Chinese apps has received approval from the masses. China has not disclosed how many casualties its troops suffered.

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