On Monday, India banned the popular video-sharing platform TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps. They said their activities endangered the security and sovereignty of the country.
In addition to TikTok, many widely popular apps are banned by the Indian government. The list includes UC Browser WeChat, and Bigo Live, as well as e-commerce platforms Club Factory and Shein.
This is the first time that India, the world’s second-largest internet market with nearly half of its 1.3 billion population online, has ordered to ban so many foreign apps
Mounting Security Concerns
It said there have been mounting concerns about data security and safeguarding the privacy of 1.3 billion Indians. The government said such concerns also pose a threat to the sovereignty and security of the country.
The ministry said that it received “many complaints” about mobile apps available on both iOS and Android platforms that have been accused of “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India.”
ByteDance, a Chinese company-owned TikTok. The company has come under scrutiny in recent months over reports of ties to the Chinese Communist Party and allegations of censorship on its platform. Earlier this year, several US government agencies banned TikTok over concerns about cybersecurity.
TikTok is one of the most downloaded phone apps in the world and has already entered more than 150 global markets, with India being one of its most active regions. According to the Economic Times, the app claims to have 200 million users in India, with about 120 million monthly active users.
India-China Clash Over Galwan River Valley
The move follows major clashes between India and China. Earlier this month along a disputed border shared between the two countries.
Moreover, Chinese troops killed at least 20 Indian soldiers at Galwan River Valley. India blamed China for provoking the clash by intruding into the territory it claims high in the Himalayan mountain range. China said the incident happened on its side of the border, and that Indian troops intruded.
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