Wednesday, 15 July, 2020

TikTok banned in India

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Cecil Davis | 30 June, 2020, 15:37

On the basis of these and upon receiving of recent credible inputs that such apps pose threat to sovereignty and Integrity of India, the Government of India has made a decision to disallow the usage of certain apps. used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet enabled devices.

The statement said that the ministry has also received many representations raising concerns from citizens regarding security of data and risk to privacy relating to operation of certain apps.

The Ministry of Information Technology, on June 29, banned 59 mobile apps, saying they are engaged in activities which are "prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order".

The biggest casualty of the move appears to be ByteDance, which has since previous year hired several senior executives and laid out plans to invest $1 billion (roughly Rs. 7,551 croes) in India.

TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, is headquartered in Beijing and the app first became popular in the Chinese market before spreading worldwide.

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Several Indian lawyers said chances of a success through a legal challenge this time were slim given the government had invoked national security concerns, meaning the Chinese companies can only hope to lobby India to reverse the decision.

The list of apps that the central government has banned.

"From a legal perspective it (the ban) is sound because grounds like national security are hard to challenge", said Santosh Pai of Link Legal, which advises Chinese companies. Other investors such as Bertelsmann, IDG Capital, and some Fortune 500 companies from United States of America and Asia also participated in the round. It is New Delhi's strongest move yet targeting China in the online space since a border crisis erupted between the two countries this month.

Nikhil Gandhi's statement reads "The government of India has issued an interim order for the blocking of 59 apps, including Tik Tok and we are in the process of complying with it". Tencent declined to comment. One of the biggest apps to have been blacklisted is Mobile Legends Bang Bang, and here you'll discover why it's been banned along with Clash Of Kings. And, in a move that could potentially be followed by other countries, India have banned 59 Chinese apps including the likes of Tik Tok.