The Indian government announced the ban of 59 Chinese apps in the country. A day later one of the most popular short video Tiktok App Removed from App Store and Google Play Store. For users who have the TikTok App download can still use the app and post videos but officially the platform is now banned in the country.
TikTok App had nearly 119 million active users in India and was among the top 10 apps on Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Users who still have the TikTok app on their mobile phone can still be able to use it, however, the app can’t be downloaded anymore. Most other Chinese apps banned in India are still available for download. It must be noted that if you have the Tiktok app installed on your phone you will still be able to see it on Google Play store. Once you uninstall it the TikTok app will not be visible.
Tiktok App Removed From App Store & Google Play Store, Meanwhile, TikTok India has responded to the move and said, that TikTok has been invited to meet with concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit clarification.
— TikTok India (@TikTok_IN) June 30, 2020
In its statement, the Indian government said, “invoking it’s power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59 apps since in view of the information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order.”
Alongside TikTok, the government has also banned 58 other apps including some of the popular ones like Shareit, UC Browser, Hel, Likee, Cam scanner, Weibo, Xender, We Chat, Club Factory, Vmate, Mi Video call – Xiaomi, Mi Community, Bigo Live, among others.