On Monday, the government of India has banned 59 Chinese apps including TikTok. A few days ago, Indian intelligence agencies issued an alert to the government about 52 apps and citizens of the country were also forbidden from using the apps. Following this alert from intelligence agencies, the government has banned 59 apps, including these 52 apps. The government has termed these Chinese apps as a threat to the security of the nation.
Within 12 hours of the government banning, TikTok, the most popular app in India, has been removed from Google Play-Store and Apple Store. On this ban, TikTok India has tweeted that the ban imposed by the government is temporary and they are talking with the government on this issue.
Nikhil Gandhi, the head of Tiktok India, said, ‘The government has imposed an interim ban on 59 apps, including Tiktok. We are going to talk to the government soon for this ban. TikTok is committed to protecting data and privacy as usual. We do not share the data of Indian users with the Chinese or any other government.
— TikTok India (@TikTok_IN) June 30, 2020
Searching TikTok on Google Play Store and Apple Store, many clone app links are available. Google India has also not released any official statement regarding the removal of TikTok, while out of the 59 apps banned, apps like CamScanner, UC Browser, Shareit, WeChat and Clash of Kings still exist on the Play Store and App Store . No timeline has been revealed regarding their removal.
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