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India bans TikTok and 58 other apps as tensions with China escalate

Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology Said in the statement On Monday, it received many complaints about some mobile applications misusing user data and transferring it to servers outside India.

“The collection of these data, the mining and analysis of hostile factors for India’s national security and defense will ultimately affect India’s sovereignty and integrity. It is a very deep and direct concern that requires urgent measures,” the ministry said. 59 applications are listed, including many famous Chinese applications that will be banned.

Although the name of China was not mentioned in the statement of the Indian government, the ban occurred after the military tension between the two countries continued to escalate. A fatal border conflict between the two countries earlier this month killed at least 20 Indian soldiers. Many Indians called for a boycott of China’s goods and services, especially the Chinese technology industry.

The government added: “In public places, there is a strong demand for severe action to crack down on apps that damage the sovereignty of India and the privacy of our citizens.” Other popular Chinese apps on the list include the video game “Clash of Kings,” Communication application WeChat, social network Weibo and photo application CamScanner.

TikTok is an extremely popular video platform owned by Chinese technology giant Bytedance, with an estimated 120 million users in India, making it one of India’s largest markets.

A TikTok spokesperson said in a statement that establishing a local management team in countries such as India is “critical to our global success.”

The statement said: “The ByteDance team of approximately 2,000 Indian employees is committed to working with the government to demonstrate our dedication to user safety and our commitment to the entire country.”

This is not the first time TikTok has trouble with the Indian government. Last year, the app was briefly blocked in India after the court ruled that the app might expose children to sexual predation, pornography and cyberbullying. One week after the successful appeal of the court’s decision, the app has been restored.
Although India’s diplomatic relations with China are beginning to have a ripple effect on business and technology, complete decoupling may be easier said than done. China occupies a dominant position in India’s huge Internet market (including the world’s second largest Internet market with nearly 600 million users), whether it is hardware or software. Chinese companies such as Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and OnePlus Take up More than half of India Smartphone marketAccording to industry data and Chinese technology giants Alibaba (Baba) with Tencent (TCEHY) It is a major investor in some of the most valuable startups in the country.
Nonetheless, the ban will “strike the Chinese application industry because the industry has lost a strong installation base outside of its own country” according to Research company Canalys.

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