TikTok and the other apps are subject to the ban effective this Monday. According to the Indian government, these apps were engaging in activities that were harmful to Indian sovereignty.
The press release states:
“The Ministry of Information Technology, 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 are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order.”
According to the press release, the Indian Ministry of Information Technology received countless reports that the banned apps pose high-security risks. These risks include access to private data.
Upholding the safety and privacy of mobile and Internet Indian users is the main reason for the ban said the press release.
The Ladakh region tension between the two countries prompted Indian users to disregard the usage of Chinese apps.
According to the AppFollow, TikTok fell from the fifth spot of the Apple App Store to the 10th spot. This comes after the May 5 clash between the two troops.
On the other hand, Chinese Android apps also experienced a decline in usage after the border clash.
Despite the decline, these apps are still part of the top apps in both the App Store and the Google Play Store. But, it is highly likely that it will slide down the rankings as the ban gets implemented.
The implementation of Germany and Taiwan did not come from the border clash. It boils down to the privacy and security issues that these apps are facing.
These countries acted on the ban as the following apps are reportedly being used by the Chinese government to spread propaganda.
According to the United States national security adviser, Robert O’ Brian, the apps are a way fo the Communist Party of China to spread its ideologies and geopolitical agendas throughout the world.
The COVID-19 pandemic helped TikTok gain its massive following. The Chinese app took the world by storm mainly because of its easy to digest content.
The bite-sized videos posted on the app is very popular among teenagers worldwide.
In the first quarter of the year alone, TikTok grew to 1.5 billion downloads. It recently surpassed the 2 billion download mark.
India is one of the largest smartphone markets in the world. Because of this, it helped boost TikTok by over 611 million in the country alone.
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