India Bans TikTok, Dozens More China-Linked Apps, Citing Security Concerns

Ruben Fields
July 5, 2020

The other two apps that were on the list and were owned by Bytedance included Vigo Video and Helo.

The biggest casualty appears to be ByteDance, which has since previous year hired several senior executives and laid out plans to invest $1 billion in India.

Echoing the Chinese foreign ministry's earlier remarks, Ji said that China expects India to acknowledge the "mutually beneficial nature of China-India economic and trade cooperation".

Tiktok is seeking to challenge the Indian government decision in court and has been preparing to submit clarifications to the government stakeholders on the matter.

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TikTok was downloaded in India 611 million times in this year's first quarter, equating to 30.3% of its total downloads worldwide in the quarter and almost double the total number of India downloads for all of 2019, the report quoted another publication, SensorTower, as saying. It did not comment on the fate of its expansion plan. "But we all are concerned about losing jobs", one ByteDance content reviewer in the southern city of Hyderabad told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

After the 29th June ban of Chinese apps, various homegrown apps, such as Bengaluru-based Sharechat and New Delhi-based Chingari, recorded over three to five lakh downloads per hour on 30th June, implying that the shift of Tiktok's user-base is gradually opening up new windows of Revenues for indigenous Technology conglomerates.

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?" Bytedance bought Musical.ly for $800 million and put it out as Tiktok which became its flagship app just within few months of its launch in India. Kevin has also said that the Chinese government has never asked for data from the company.

The $6 billion amount of money is most likely extra than the combined losses for all the other Chinese applications banned by India, China's Caixinglobal.com documented, quoting resources near to the firm's senior administration. Tencent declined to comment. India had to ban these apps to safeguard the privacy of people. 20 Indian soldiers were martyred during the violent face-off between Indian and Chinese troops on LAC, while the Indian intercepts told that China suffered 43 casualties including some seriously injured and dead.

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