Following a border dispute between India and China earlier this month, the Indian government announced today it will ban 59 Chinese apps from the country including TikTok, per the government press release via IndiaToday:
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 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”.
The full list of apps banned as provided by a proclamation by the ministry is as followed:
The ministry says it has received complaints and reports from users in regard to the privacy of these apps. However, given the recent border dispute, this is likely a politically driven move to attack China back, without risking human life.
Following the heightened tension between the two nations, TikTok has become a hot point for civic tension. As noted by IndiaToday, TikTok ranked in the top 5 free apps in the App Store on May 5th, a month later following the border attacks it dropped to #10.