Govt announces ban of 59 Chinese apps; but they won't disappear overnight

  • Govt announces ban of 59 Chinese apps; but they won't disappear overnight

Govt announces ban of 59 Chinese apps; but they won't disappear overnight

Two people familiar with the matter told TechCrunch that ByteDance, the developer of TikTok, had voluntarily pulled the app from the app stores. A day later, one of the most popular short video applications TikTok has been taken down from both Apple App store and Google Play store.

In the midst of ongoing tension at Sino-Indian border after a standoff with Chinese forces along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, the government of India on Monday took an unprecedented step and chose to ban at least 59 Chinese apps.

Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson for Chinese Foreign Ministry, told reporters in a briefing on Tuesday that "Indian government has a responsibility to uphold the legal rights of worldwide investors including those from China".

Responding to the Indian government's move, TikTok said in a statement that the company would fully comply with the rule and said it didn't share information with any government, including the Chinese government. As of now, users who already had the app installed on the phone are able to use the app just like usual. Earlier today, TikTok's official Twitter account in India issued a statement saying it was in the process of complying with the government's decision and reiterated its stance on user privacy and Chinese government meddling. Further if we are requested to in the future we would not do so.

"As the largest Indian Lifestyle Social App we will continue to ensure that the privacy and data of users will be protected and will remain within the boundaries of our nation".

This is the first time that India, the world's second largest internet market with almost half of its 1.3 billion population online, has ordered to ban so many foreign apps.

"The Indian government has the responsibility to uphold the legitimate and legal rights of the worldwide investors including the Chinese ones", he added.

Though the Chinese Foreign Ministry withheld any more comments, its mission here said the grounds for the banning of the 59 apps was "ambiguous and far-fetched", grated against the general trend of global trade and e-commerce and was not conducive to consumer interests and the market competition in India.