India bans Tiktok among 59 apps, mostly Chinese

Govt bans 59 mobile apps including TikTok, Helo, WeChat prejudicial to sovereignty & integrity of India

Indian officials barred 59 mobile apps, majority run by Chinese companies, on Monday, saying they were engaged in "activities" which were "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, security of state and public order".

However, internet service providers such as Jio, Airtel, and Vodafone said they have not received any order from the government to ban these applications, sources said.

'The Ministry of Information Technology invoking its power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has detected to block 59 apps since in view of information available that they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of lndia, defence of India, security of state and public order.

TikTok has denied sharing Indian users' data with the Chinese government. "We have been invited to meet with concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications".

An Indian government statement noted "raging concerns" with regards to data security and protecting the privacy of its citizens.

ByteDance's TikTok, which counts India as its biggest market, Community and Video Call apps from Xiaomi, which is the top smartphone vendor in India, UC Browser, UC News, Shareit, CM Browser, Club Factory (India's third-largest e-commerce firm), ES File Explorer are among the 59 apps that India's Ministry of Electronics and IT have ordered to ban. Further, if we are requested to in the future, we could not do so. Chinese casualties are unknown.


India's decision comes as its troops are in a tense standoff with Chinese soldiers in eastern Ladakh in the Himalayas that started last month.

The deaths have triggered outrage on social media with calls to boycott Chinese goods, with Chinese flags set on fire at scattered street protests.

Indian startups that have significant investments from Chinese companies, such as Paytm, Ola and Oyo also donated to the COVID-19 relief fund.

E-commerce giants including U.S. giant Amazon - which sell huge volumes of Chinese gadgets - have agreed to display the country of origin of goods on their platforms, according to media reports.

Despite long-prickly relations, India and China have steadily built up strong economic ties in recent years.

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