India bans Tiktok among 59 apps, mostly Chinese

India bans Tiktok among 59 apps, mostly Chinese

India bans Tiktok among 59 apps, mostly Chinese

Meanwhile TikTok has responded and said that they are complying with the ban and have been invited to "respond and submit clarifications" to the concerned government stakeholders.

Besides TikTok, other Chinese apps that have made the list include WeChat and mobile games like Clash of Kings and Mobile Legends.

Together, the 59 banned Chinese apps accounted for 5% of total installs in iOS and Android smartphones in India in Q2, 2020 so far, according to data from Sensor Tower sourced independently by Mint.

India's Ministry of Information Technology said it was banning the 59 Chinese apps after receiving "many complaints from various sources" about apps that were "stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users' data in an unauthorised manner".

It comes after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the confrontation with Chinese troops along their disputed Himalayan border.

"There have been raging concerns on aspects relating to data security and safeguarding the privacy of 130 crore Indians".

Upon receiving of recent credible inputs that such apps pose threat to sovereignty and integrity of India, the government has chose to disallow the usage of certain apps, used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet enabled devices.

Amid mounting tension at the border, India on Monday banned 59 mobile applications with Chinese links, including popular apps like TikTok and UC Browser, accusing them of being prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and security of the country.

The ban is also expected to be a big stumbling block for firms such as Beijing-based Bytedance which had plans to invest $1bn in India, open a local data centre, and had recently ramped up hiring in the country. "We place the highest importance on user privacy and integrity", he said. The app was officially prohibited for not only promoting obscene contents but also over security and privacy issues.

Besides, many of these apps such as UC News and others have offices and employees in India, which can adversely affect scores of Indian employees whose jobs could be at stake.

What remains to be seen is how the government proceeds with the ban this time around.

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