TikTok banned due to India-China conflict
TikTok which has over 1 Billion downloads on Playstore is one of the most popular apps in India just got banned along with 58 other Chinese apps. The ban on TikTok is of particular significance because it was just caught spying on iPhone users, courtesy the new iOS 14 beta update. TikTok has since admitted to these claims and said it won’t do it again.
On June 15, in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley of India, 20 Indian Army soldiers were martyred in the India-China conflict. To counter this India has decided to ban Chinese apps diverting data and those with privacy issues This move follows several trade-related decisions taken by India to hit back at Chinese interests in the country.
A government press release announcing the ban stated: "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". To get more information and see the Chinese apps ban list check out our latest article here.