Indian authorities on Monday announced a ban on 59 Chinese-developed mobile apps, including TikTok, citing national security concerns.
“This move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users,” the country’s Press Information Bureau said in a statement, using a Hindi-derived word meaning tens of millions of people. “This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace.”
According to mobile app market intelligence site Sensor Tower, about 30% of TikTok’s downloads have come from India since it launched in 2017. Joining the popular short-video app on the list is WeChat, which, while almost universally used in China, has not taken off in India.
TikTok responded to the Indian government’s announcement Tuesday on Twitter, saying it is “in the process of complying.” The company added that it “has not shared any information of our users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese Government.”
Under the ban, mobile and desktop versions of the 59 apps would be disallowed in India. Many apps owned by Chinese tech giants, including UC Browser, QQ Music, and Baidu Maps, are also on the list.
The ban comes two weeks after a military clash at the India-China border resulted in casualties on both sides.
Prior to Monday’s announcement, Indian officials had proposed increased tariffs on imports from China, such as furniture and car parts.
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