Wednesday, 15 July, 2020

TikTok goes down in India, its biggest overseas market

After India bans 59 apps, China says 'strongly concerned, verifying situation' China expresses strong concern over Indian ban on mobile apps
Adrian Cunningham | 01 July, 2020, 06:46

"We have been invited to meet with concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications". Some users are reporting success, but most are failing to connect with that too.

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".

This is the first time that India, the world's second largest internet market with almost half of its 1.3 billion population online, has ordered to ban so many foreign apps.

The government statement referred to "compilation of (user) data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India". In the quarter that would end Tuesday, the 59 apps that India has ordered to ban were installed about 330 million times, the firm said.

The app, founded by Bengaluru-based programmers Biswatma Nayak and Siddharth Gautam previous year, allows users to download and upload videos, chat with friends, interact with new people, share content and browse through the feed.

Indian Government Officially Bans 59 Chinese Apps Including TikTok
"We support the government's action of blocking 59 Chinese apps and they should be more aggressive and go beyond these 59 apps". On one of our phones, the app simply refused to load any content, suggesting that TikTok servers have been blocked completely.

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 app was removed from Google Play store and Apple's App Store soon after the authorities made the announcement of banning 59 Chinese apps.

Popular video-sharing and social media app TikTok on Tuesday morning said that it is in the process of complying with what it described as the government's "interim order" to block its app.

Along with mobile app services, Chinese companies also control a significant share of India's electronics market, particularly that of mobile phones.

"The Indian government has the responsibility to uphold the legitimate and legal rights of the global investors including the Chinese ones", he added. Xiaomi, for example, is marketing its products as "Made in India" to take advantage of the fact that numerous devices it sells in the country are manufactured or assembled in domestic factories, even if the company itself is Chinese, said Adwait Mardikar, a tech analyst at Canalys.