Millions Turn to Local Social Platforms After Indian Ban on Chinese Apps

Govt orders internet service providers to block 59 Chinese apps with immediate effect

India banned 59 apps from China including TikTok, owned by ByteDance Ltd., citing privacy and security concerns amid worsening relations between the two neighbors. App analytics firm Sensor Tower said all the 59 apps named were of Chinese origin, including Tencent's WeChat and Alibaba's UC Browser. Among all, India-world's second populous country, turned out to be their biggest market with more than 200 million customer base. In the meantime, the country has turned to local social platforms like Sharechat and Ropos.

Mukul Rohatgi said that he will not appear for TikTok, a popular short video-sharing app, or other Chinese apps in cases against the Government of India.

"Our managers say there is no need to panic and it's business as usual".

One user @omkarsharma988 posted a video in which he throws utensils to the ground, hits a chair and weeps, with a Hindi song playing "You've left me, how will I live now?"

China accused India on Thursday of improperly disrupting activities by Chinese companies in the midst of tensions over a bloody clash between forces along their disputed border.

"From a legal perspective, it (the ban) is sound because grounds like national security are hard to challenge", said Santosh Pai of Link Legal, which advises Chinese companies.

One Indian government source told Reuters this week the ban was unlikely to be revoked soon.

India has been trying to reduce dependence on Chinese products, while customs officials have halted clearances of industrial consignments coming in from the nation at major Indian ports and airports as a border standoff that's been brewing for almost two months shows no signs of easing.

Meanwhile, India's ban on Chinese apps has received approval from the masses. China is also believed to have suffered casualties but has released no information.



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