Indian Government Bans 59 Chinese Apps including TikTok, Shareit and UC Browser: Here’s What TikTok Responded

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The Indian Government on June 29 announced that it has banned 59 Chinese applications including TikTok, WeChat, and Mi Community. Soon after the announcement, Google Play Store and Apple App Store started removing these apps from the listing. At the time of writing, both of the apps platforms have removed TikTok.

The reason behind this step, as stated in a press release, the Ministry of Information Technology “has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about the 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”.

There were multiple reports from the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, the Ministry of Home Affairs, and the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) that these mobile apps are a threat to national security and risk to the privacy of Indian citizens. And so, the Indian government decided to ban these apps in the country.

This is likely a political move and a stance against China, following the border stand-off in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed. In addition to that, with that move, the government wants to ensure the safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace.

List of 59 apps that are banned

  1. TikTok
  2. Shareit
  3. Kwai
  4. UC Browser
  5. Baidu map
  6. Shein
  7. Clash of Kings
  8. DU battery saver
  9. Helo
  10. Likee
  11. YouCam makeup
  12. Mi Community
  13. CM Browers
  14. Virus Cleaner
  15. APUS Browser
  16. ROMWE
  17. Club Factory
  18. Newsdog
  19. Beutry Plus
  20. WeChat
  21. UC News
  22. QQ Mail
  23. Weibo
  24. Xender
  25. QQ Music
  26. QQ Newsfeed
  27. Bigo Live
  28. SelfieCity
  29. Mail Master
  30. Parallel Space
  31. Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
  32. WeSync
  33. ES File Explorer
  34. Viva Video – QU Video Inc
  35. Meitu
  36. Vigo Video
  37. New Video Status
  38. DU Recorder
  39. Vault- Hide
  40. Cache Cleaner DU App studio
  41. DU Cleaner
  42. DU Browser
  43. Hago Play With New Friends
  44. Cam Scanner
  45. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
  46. Wonder Camera
  47. Photo Wonder
  48. QQ Player
  49. We Meet
  50. Sweet Selfie
  51. Baidu Translate
  52. Vmate
  53. QQ International
  54. QQ Security Center
  55. QQ Launcher
  56. U Video
  57. V fly Status Video
  58. Mobile Legends
  59. DU Privacy

Looking forward to this huge step from the Indian government, TikTok has released a statement that it continues to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law and has not shared any user data with any foreign government, including the Chinese Government. It has been invited to meet with concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit their clarifications.

As mentioned above, at the time of writing, most of the apps are still live on the Play Store and App Store. However, TikTok has been removed from the listing while others are still in the queue on their removal.

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