Indian government bans 59 Chinese-owned apps, including TikTok

India bans Tik Tok among 59 apps mostly Chinese

India has banned 59, mostly Chinese, mobile phone applications in its strongest move yet targeting China in the online space just weeks after a border crisis erupted between the two countries. Some of the apps that have been blocked are TikTok, WeChat, UC Browser, Weibo, Cam Scanner and Xaomi's Mi Video Call.

"The compilation of these 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, Is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures", the press release said.

"On the basis of these and upon receiving of recent credible inputs that such Apps pose threat to sovereignty and integrity of India, the Government of India has chose to disallow the usage of certain Apps, used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet enabled devices", the statement said. "This decision is a targeted move to ensure the safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace". "It has been noted recently that such concerns also pose a threat to sovereignty and security of our country", according to a statement by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. It has become a central part of popular culture in India, with some TikTok celebrities boasting tens of million of followers.

Earlier this month, at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a border clash with Chinese troops.

This is not the first time that TikTok has been banned in India.

It was banned briefly previous year after concerns were raised about the app being used to distribute pornography. The ban was lifted after about a week.

The list of apps that the central government has banned
The list of apps that the central government has banned

The ban comes at a time when anti-China sentiments in India are rising in the wake of the border clash between the two nations.

Thousands of soldiers remain on alert, although both sides said they were trying to resolve the standoff through dialogue.

Monday's move appeared to be a effect of the worst conflict between the two nations in more than 50 years.

Street protests took place in India following the deaths of the 20 soldiers and calls have been made to ban Chinese businesses which export nearly £49billion to India.

Beijing has denied accusations from New Delhi that Chinese forces entered Indian territory.


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