"In view of the emergent nature of threats", a government press releasesaid, "[the government] has made a decision to block 59 apps since in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order".
The ban is also expected to be a big stumbling block for firms such as Beijing-based Bytedance which had plans to invest $1bn in India, open a local data centre, and had recently ramped up hiring in the country. "We place the highest importance on user privacy and integrity", he said.
On the government's allegations of the company being a threat to national security, he said: "TikTok continues to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law and has not shared any information of our users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese government".
Earlier this month, troops from the two countries engaged in a fatal brawl near their disputed border that resulted in the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese casualties.
For users who have the TikTok app download can still use the app and post videos but legally the platform is now banned in India.
The Indian Ministry of Information Technology also revealed that it had received an "exhaustive recommendation for blocking these malicious apps" from both the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center and the Ministry of Home Affairs. There has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against apps that harm India's sovereignty as well as the privacy of our citizens.
Some other apps that have been banned include Kwai, Baidu map, DU battery saver, Likee, YouCam makeup, Mi Community, Virus Cleaner, Club Factory, Newsdog, WeChat, Weibo, Xender, We Meet, Sweet Selfie, Baidu Translate and QQ Launcher.
"This move will safeguard the interests of crores [tens of millions] of Indian mobile and internet users".
The list of apps that the central government has banned.