"Ban On Apps Selective, Could Violate WTO Rules", Says China: 10 Points

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Many users on Airtel, Vodafone and other service providers reported Tuesday afternoon (local time) that TikTok app on their phone was no longer accessible. Two people familiar with the matter told TechCrunch that ByteDance, the developer of TikTok, had voluntarily pulled the app from the app stores.

On Monday, the Indian government banned 59 Chinese apps in the country that included TikTok, Cam Scanner, Shein, UC Browser, and others. Nikhil Gandhi, who oversees TikTok's operations in India, said the firm was "in the process" of complying with India's order and was looking forward to engage with lawmakers in the nation to assuage their concerns.

A day after the Indian government banned Chinese video-sharing app TikTok, similar home-grown apps like Chingari have seen surge in downloads.

Responding to the Indian government's move, TikTok said in a statement that the company would fully comply with the rule and said it didn't share information with any government, including the Chinese government. Both the e-commerce sites have been popular among Indian consumers and both have featured among the top ten most downloaded e-commerce apps in the country.

The tension - compounded by the economic stress from the coronavirus pandemic - has likely pushed the Indian government to take a page from the US government by finding way to retaliate way that "would hurt China the most", said Tarun Pathak, an India-based analyst at Counterpoint Research. The viral app added: "if we are requested to in the future we would not do so". "We place the highest importance on user privacy and integrity", Gandhi says.

Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra on June 30 took potshots at Chinese state-run media Global Times Editor-in Chief Hu Xijin over his comments on India banning 59 Chinese apps.

The company was hoping to get from 200 to 300 millions users in India by the end of 2020, and that's all but dead if the ban continues. The Chinese government has also reminded its Indian counterpart that it has a responsibility to protect business rights.

A TikTok India statement gave the impression that the ban was provisional and the IT Ministry has asked it to give "clarifications".



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