India Blocks TikTok Amidst Border Tensions With China

Ruben Fields
June 30, 2020

The government order didn't name China, or cite the border clashes. Likewise, there have been similar bipartisan concerns, flagged by various public representatives, both outside and inside the Parliament of India, the statement said, adding that there has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against apps that harm India's sovereignty as well as the privacy of our citizens.

Goods made in China, including some raw materials vital to Indian pharmaceutical firms, are also starting to pile up at Indian ports and airports because of more stringent customs checks, media reports said.

Monday evening's announcement is the latest standoff between the two neighboring nations following a deadly border earlier this month that stoked historical tensions between them.

There are estimated to be about 120 million TikTok users in India, making the South Asian nation of 1.3 billion people the app's biggest global market.

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"We comply with all data security norms and have not compromised with the security or privacy of any users", it said in a statement.

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?" "I want to stress that the Chinese government always asks the Chinese businesses to abide by worldwide rules, local laws and regulations in their business cooperation with foreign countries, Zhao said".

"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. "Also for Indian employees at these companies". The Ministry of Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and IoS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users' data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India. Tencent declined to comment. Indian authorities also banned video games such as Clash of Kings and Mobile Legends.

Sensor Tower said the 59 banned apps recorded roughly 4.9 billion downloads in India since January 2014.

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