The Indian government has banned TikTok, UC Browser among 59 Chinese applications.
The government of India has banned TikTok in India. Total 59 mobile applications including Tik Tok, UC Browser and other Chinese apps are included in the list. TikTok, ShareIt, UC Browser, Mi Community/Video Calling and Viva Video are other apps that have been banned amid border tensions with China.
A press release from the Indian government reads:
“The apps have been banned because they are prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and defence of India: Government”
On June 29, The Ministry of Information Technology blocked 59 Chinese apps which included the popular social platform TikToka and UC Browser. This move from India comes amidst the rising tensions after the clashes that happened on June 15 in Ladakh. During the Ladakh clashes, 20 soldiers from the Indian side were killed in action and more than 70 injured.
The reports said that intelligence sources have collected information about these apps violating usage terms and posing grave threats to privacy. The sources further adds that these apps were used to collect information and being used as spyware or malware.
The government in a statement said that
in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order
The Ministry of Information Technology further adds that the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre and the Ministry of Home Affairs gave “exhaustive recommendation” to block these apps.
The statement from the Indian government further read
Likewise, there have been similar bipartisan concerns, flagged by various public representatives, both outside and inside the Parliament of India. 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
Here’s the full list of Chinese apps banned by the Government of India :-
[Update: TikTok’s Statement]
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