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India bans Tik Tok and 58 other Chinese Apps from June 29, 2020 test

Just at a time when the economy is trying to cope and limp back from the Covid-19 situation, India hits under the belt to ban Tik Tok along with other 58 other China-linked apps with immediate effect from June 29, 2020. This has also come in the wake of the current fragile India-China relations and the Galwan Valley incidents. Today India, can standalone without Chinese imports and this is its message loud and clear to the interfering neighboring country. Tik Tok a video share app had become highly widespread among Indian users. In the recent lockdown times with most people at home, its popularity increased further with many Indians, sharing funny videos on Tik Tok. 119.3 million users of TikTok’s global monthly active users are from India, followed by 39.6 million users from USA and 28.4 million users from Turkey. With Indian government disallowing the usage of these apps both in mobile and non-mobile internet-enabled devices, the Chinese company has lost its major share. Even the other apps like SHAREIt, Shein, ClubFactory will suffer smaller but sure losses disconnecting from India.

TikTok founded in 2012 by Zhang Yiming, is a Chinese video-sharing social networking service owned by ByteDance. It was first launched as Douyin in China in 2016 and in 2017 as TikTok for iOS and Android international markets. Today it is available in 150 markets and in 75 languages. The app allows users to create short music and lip-sync videos of 3 to 15 seconds and short looping videos of 3 to 60 seconds. It merged with Musical.ly in August 2018 and has seen a meteoric rise since. In 2019, media outlets cited Tik Tok as the 7th-most-downloaded mobile app of the decade, from 2010 to 2019. It was also the most-downloaded app on the App Store in 2018 and 2019. Today, Kevin Mayer, CEO of Tik Tok faces the biggest challenge with India banning this app.

The decision to ban Tik Tok is based upon issues like: –

  • Concerns from citizens regarding the security of data and risk to privacy relating to operation of the app,
  • Morality concerns having displayed pornographic content,
  • Predatory behaviour on the app, and
  • National security concerns.

The government’s press release states “The Ministry of Information Technology, invoking its 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 information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order,”

Here is a list of the Chinese apps that are banned in India as of June 29, 2020 –

  1. TikTok
  2. Shareit
  3. Kwai
  4. UC Browser
  5. Baidu map
  6. Shein
  7. Clash of Kings
  8. DU battery saver
  9. Helo
  10. Likee
  11. YouCam makeup
  12. Mi Community
  13. CM Browers
  14. Virus Cleaner
  15. APUS Browser
  16. ROMWE
  17. Club Factory
  18. Newsdog
  19. Beutry Plus
  20. WeChat
  21. UC News
  22. QQ Mail
  23. Weibo
  24. Xender
  25. QQ Music
  26. QQ Newsfeed
  27. Bigo Live
  28. SelfieCity
  29. Mail Master
  30. Parallel Space
  31. Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
  32. WeSync
  33. ES File Explorer
  34. Viva Video – QU Video Inc
  35. Meitu 36. Vigo Video
  36. New Video Status
  37. DU Recorder
  38. Vault- Hide
  39. Cache Cleaner DU App studio
  40. DU Cleaner
  41. DU Browser
  42. Hago Play With New Friends
  43. Cam Scanner
  44. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
  45. Wonder Camera
  46. Photo Wonder
  47. QQ Player
  48. We Meet
  49. Sweet Selfie
  50. Baidu Translate
  51. Vmate
  52. QQ International
  53. QQ Security Center
  54. QQ Launcher
  55. U Video
  56. V fly Status Video
  57. Mobile Legends
  58. DU Privacy

India, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is set to become an economic and political giant. This unprecedented move to ban 59 Chinese apps is only a page in history. The book on new India is still being written. It time to applaud such a bold move that is beyond ‘Twitter chatter’. It’s time to stand by it.

Tik Tok banned in India
Image credits: RajyaSabhaTV



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