India bans TikTok after Himalayan border clash with Chinese troops

India bans TikTok after Himalayan border clash with Chinese troops

Amid rising tensions between India and China at the Line of Actual Control, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre on Monday (June 29) banned 59 Chinese mobile apps including TikTok, UC Browser and Cam Scanner among others.

Expressing grave concerns during the Corps Commander-level meeting between Indian and Chinese armies to resolve the Galwan Valley crisis, spokesperson Lijian said that China was still verifying the situation.

"The Indian government has the responsibility to follow the legal rights of global investors including Chinese, the pattern is not in the interest of Indians too", China's foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said.

We want to stress that Chinese government always asks Chinese businesses to abide by worldwide and local laws-regulations.

"The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has also received many representations from citizens regarding security of data and breach of privacy impacting upon public order issues", the Indian government agency said.

The Indian government has banned TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps from the country's internet as a border dispute with its Communist neighbour continues to escalate.

The ban includes the popular online multiplayer strategy game, Clash of Kings, and document scanning app, CamScanner.

Upon receiving of recent credible inputs that such apps pose threat to sovereignty and integrity of India, the government has made a decision to disallow the usage of certain apps, used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet enabled devices. The banned apps remained available for download and use in the country in the wake of the announcement, local media reported, though that is expected to change in the coming days. All of the aforementioned apps are now live on Google Play Store and Apple's App Store in India. One of the first apps in the list was TikTok.

Meanwhile, TikTok has said that it is in the process of complying with the government's order of banning the app and asserted that it has not shared information of Indian users with any foreign government, including that of China.

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