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

The artists are seeking a better deal after they missed the rise of the social video platform and sold music rights for a flat fee

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".

Related:

Comments

Latest news

U.S. Supreme Court endorses taxpayer funds for religious schools
It wasn't the first time so-called anti-prostitution pledges have been argued before the Supreme Court. The agency cited the Montana constitution's no religious aid provision as justification for the rule .

Dr. Fauci Tells Senators The US Is "Going In The Wrong Direction"
Fauci's statement came in response to a question from Sen. "Public confidence in vaccines is so important", Dr. In parts of Texas and Arizona, hospital intensive care beds for COVID-19 patients are in short supply.

European Union Reopens Borders To 15 Nations Including China, US Excluded
The European Union restricted nonessential travel to most of its member-states under rules in effect until at least June 30. The New York Times said the list would be revised every two weeks, so the USA could be added later.

CAF postpones 2021 AFCON by a year over Covid-19
There was a boost for the women's game however with the launch of a new Women's Champions League for Africa in 2021. There will be a single semifinal stage and then the final, likely in September, said the CAF president.

MS legislature votes to replace state flag that includes Confederate elements
Hopson said he is happy to have that mantra on the flag until a court of the proper authority tells the state to take it down. A commission would design a new flag that can not include the Confederate symbol but must have the words "In God We Trust ".

Other news