India bans TikTok, WeChat and dozens more Chinese apps
The Indian government has banned TikTok and dozens of other Chinese-made apps, it says they are a danger to the country.
In a statement, he said that apps “undermine India’s sovereignty and integrity, the defense of India, state security and public order.”
In total, 59 different apps have been banned, including the popular WeChat messaging app.
This is followed by weeks of growing tension along the controversial border between the two countries.
Both India and China deployed more troops to the Ladakh region in June, and small clashes led to the death of at least 20 Indian troops.
Satellite images also seem to show that China has built new structures overlooking the border region of the Himalayas.
The Indian Ministry of Information Technology said it banned the 59 Chinese apps after receiving “many complaints from various sources” about apps that “stole and illegally transmit user data in an unauthorized way”.
“The collection of these data, its mining and profiling of elements hostile to India’s national security and defense, which ultimately affects India’s sovereignty and integrity, is a matter of profound and immediate concern that requires emergency measures, “says the ministry said.
- India now says 20 troops killed in the Chinese clash
- The images “show Chinese structures” on the border with India
TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, is based in Beijing and the app became popular in the Chinese market before spreading around the world.
As it grew in popularity, it faced allegations of connections to the Chinese state and the sending of user data to China. Many of his strongest critics are in the United States, including some US senators who have asked for an investigation into the company.
TikTok fiercely rejects these claims.