India bans TikTok, other Chinese apps amid border standoff

Indian Tik Tok alternative Chingari

"They'll be anxious that they might invest billions of dollars into the country and either Indian consumers will boycott and protest against them, or the government will just ban them because they're backed by Chinese", Rein said.

TikTok's India chief Nikhil Gandhi said the company will not share information with anyone, adding that "if we are requested, we would not do so".

Hours after the government banned 59 apps originating from China, including TikTok, the company's representatives in India on Tuesday said it is in the process of complying with the government order and that it has not shared any information of Indian users with foreign governments, including China. Now, the government has reportedly taken an official decision to ban a total of 59 Chinese apps in the country.

Many TikTok users in India are first-time Internet users from the smaller towns.

Several Indian lawyers said chances of a success through a legal challenge this time were slim given the government had invoked national security concerns, meaning the Chinese companies can only hope to lobby India to reverse the decision.

Mr Tariq Khan, a 21-year-old photographer from Mumbai, has nearly 8.5 million followers on TikTok and earns about 100,000 rupees (S$1,850) a month from brand endorsements and celebrity collaborations.

Opening up on how it could be a temporary thing, she added, "As far as I know, there was a temporary ban in TikTok earlier".

The compilation of such data, and its mining and profiling by elements hostile to India is "a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures", the statement said.

"Are we actually eroding our own democratic values to respond to an aggressive neighbour?" he asked.

Blaming each other for the brutal hand-to-hand battle on June 15 as talks make little headway, the Asian giants have been bolstering their border forces as anti-China sentiment grows in India.

At least 18 of 30 start-up unicorns in India have Chinese capital. The list includes the microblogging platform Weibo, the strategy game Clash of Kings, Alibaba's UC Browser, and e-commerce apps Club Factory and Shein. "But the big Chinese investors will find a way to indirectly invest in a growing market like India", said Mr Deepak Abbot, a fintech entrepreneur and former senior vice-president of Paytm.

The ban has got everyone talking on social media with TikTok dominating most conversations. "However, India is the largest scalable and growth market for these apps outside China and a mid-to-long term revenue potential as their apps or platforms mature along with user base which get more entrenched", Neil Shah, Vice President, CounterPoint research told Sputnik. "We're a company made by Indians, in India & for Indians!" the company posted on its Twitter account yesterday.

Industrialist Anand Mahindra "who never used TikTok" has downloaded Chingari and tweeted about it, saying "More power to you". "Those who want to express themselves will find a way".



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