Thursday, 02 July, 2020

Indian Government Officially Bans 59 Chinese Apps Including TikTok

TikTok along with 58 other Chinese apps have been banned in India TikTok along with 58 other Chinese apps have been banned in India
Cecil Davis | 01 July, 2020, 04:22

"We support the government's action of blocking 59 Chinese apps and they should be more aggressive and go beyond these 59 apps".

China and India have long had a prickly relationship. "Maybe it's a temporary move", said Mr Khan.

The ministry did not specifically refer to China, but the ban comes amid growing tensions along a disputed border between the countries.

Calls to boycott Chinese goods soon emerged, and the government issued directives to cancel or limit Chinese contracts with public sector companies. A less-known app, Trell, claims it has seen a million new installs since the ban on Monday night.

"We want to stress that the Chinese government always asks Chinese businesses to abide by worldwide and local laws-regulations". The Foreign Ministry in Beijing also said that China was making checks to verify the situation, Reuters reports.

Though the Chinese Foreign Ministry withheld any more comments, its mission here said the grounds for the banning of the 59 apps was "ambiguous and far-fetched", grated against the general trend of global trade and e-commerce and was not conducive to consumer interests and the market competition in India.

As of right now, we are awaiting more information about this decision.

We tested TikTok on Jio 4G as well as Airtel 4G networks. "Ensuring the privacy and security of all our users in India remains our utmost priority". In 2017, Alibaba's UC Browser had come under the scanner for allegedly leaking mobile data of Indian users.

"This is a purely political move", Nikhil Pahwa, the editor of MediaNama, a media watchdog, told the BBC.

So what is the impact of the ban?

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The ban will affect millions of users in India.

The banned apps include some that enable TikTok users to add visual effects and music to their posts, as well as dating apps, privacy apps and multiplayer games.

On one of our phones, the app simply refused to load any content, suggesting that TikTok servers have been blocked completely.

India is TikTok's biggest foreign market, with an estimated 120 million users.

In the years since it has launched in India, the app has become a platform for Indians of all ages and classes - from police constables to housewives - who dance, sing and perform for their followers.

The ban has got everyone talking on social media with TikTok dominating most conversations.

"If this is not rolled back, these companies would be constrained to cut back their operations in India, potentially resulting in a loss of employment", said a lawyer who advises a Chinese company whose app has been banned in India.

"It's a soft strike at the Chinese, payback for the claimed border violations and recent violent conflict", he adds.

The company employs about 2,000 people in the country.

A TikTok India representative has reportedly said that the company has arranged a meeting with the Indian government to "respond and submit clarifications".