TikTok is quite popular among the younger lot for making and posting short videos. It is a part of Chinese private company ByteDance.
Among the other 58 apps,TikTok was banned on June 29 by the Indian Government. The government claimed these apps are engaged in activities which are “prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.
TikTok has responded to the India ban saying it will comply with the order and meet with the concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications.TikTok also reiterated that it doesn’t share data of Indian users with China.
“The government of India has issued an interim order for the blocking of 59 apps, including TikTok and we are in the process of complying with it. We have been invited to meet with concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications,” said Nikhil Gandhi, head of TikTok India
“TikTok continues to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law and has not shared any information of our users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese government. Further if we are requested to in the future we would not do so. We place the highest importance on user privacy and integrity.” he added.
The Ministry of Information Technology said in a press release “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,” adding “government of India has decided to disallow the usage of certain apps, used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet enabled devices.”
UC Browser, Shareit, CamScanner and WeChat, Shein are some of the other famous apps included in this list. These apps will no longer be available on App Store or Play Store.