Chinese apps ban: TikTok says in process of complying with government order

Joanna Estrada
June 30, 2020

In a statement, the company also said it had been invited to meet government stakeholders for an opportunity to "respond and submit clarifications".

TikTok has been banned in India, and many creators on the platform have started asking their followers to meet them on Instagram and YouTube instead.

The applications were removed today from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store in India. However, majority were earlier using the Facebook-owned app just to reach out to their potential sponsors and give a glimpse of the videos that they post on TikTok.

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.

One of the apps banned was the popular Tiktok app which had one of the largest user bases in India and was extensively used for the objective of entertainment.

The move is seen as a retaliatory step amid the tense border standoff between India and China that led to 20 Indian Army personnel being killed on June 15.

In the following days, the Centre also took action cancelling several contracts with Chinese firms in sectors like railway and telecom, supposedly aimed at preventing Chinese entry into strategic markets in India.

Gandhi claimed that the company "continues to comply" with all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law and hasn't shared any user information of Indians with foreign governments, including that in China.

At the same time, there have been raging concerns on aspects relating to data security and safeguarding the privacy of 130 crore Indians. This decision is a targeted move to ensure the safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace, the government order explained.

Perhaps the most popular app that was on the ban list, however, was TikTok, which over the last two years has managed to gain a strong user base amongst young Indians and spawned a creative content production ecosystem along the lines of YouTube. CamScanner and SHAREit were two other popular utility apps that people widely used for scanning documents and rapid sharing of files, respectively.

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