India's TikTok Ban Latest Overseas Setback for China Tech

Carla Harmon
July 1, 2020

TikTok has become the first app that has been kicked out of Google Play Store and App Store after the announcement. Ltd. is now grappling with growing animosity from the USA government, which in May strengthened a 2019 tech export restriction that made it harder for the company to access US technology.

TikTok, which was blocked in India for a week last year but was accessible to users who had already installed the app on their smartphones, said last year in a court filing that it was losing more than $500,000 a day.

Here's what the notice says, "Dear users, we are in the process of complying with the Government of India's directive to block 59 apps".

The ban also came on the heels of reports that TikTok was able to access text that iPhone users had copied to their clipboard, forcing Bytedance to defend itself.

India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) invoked its power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act ban the apps and termed their usage "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order".

In its initial response to the ban TikTok India said it had not shared private information of its users with "any foreign government, including the Chinese government".

Among other apps that have been banned are Tencent's WeChat, which has been downloaded more than 100 million times on Google's Android, Alibaba's UC Browser and two of Xiaomi's apps.

The Chinese government also said "we expect India (will) acknowledge mutually beneficial nature of China-India economic and trade cooperation, and (we) urge the Indian side to change its discriminatory practices. treat all investments and service providers equally. create an open, fair and just business environment".

"The Indian government has the responsibility to uphold the legitimate and legal rights of the global investors including the Chinese ones", he added.

In the midst of ongoing tension at Sino-Indian border after a standoff with Chinese forces along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, the government of India on Monday took an unprecedented step and made a decision to ban at least 59 Chinese apps. After this, India lifted its nationwide ban on the app.

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