TikTok goes off App stores following Indian ban on 59 Chinese apps

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A day after government of India announcing the ban on 59 Chinese apps in the country, the most popular short video applications TikTok has been taken down from Apple App store and also Google Play store.

Most other Chinese apps are still available for download. For users who have already downloaded the TikTok app can still use the app and post videos.

According to Indian Express, TikTok had nearly 119 million active users in India and was among the top 10 apps on Google Play store and Apple App store.  The other popular apps in the banned category include UC Browser, Cam Scanner, WeChat, Shareit, Baidu map and DU battery saver.

A statement from the government said that the apps were banned as they were found 'engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order'.

Denying the allegation, TikTok said that they have been invited to meet with concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit clarification. In a statement, the Chinese firm said that it had not misused the app by sharing information of it’s users with any foreign government.

“We have been invited to meet with concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications. TikTok continues to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law and has not shared any information of our users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese government,” its statement added.

This is not the first time the app has been banned in India. Previously, TikTok app was blocked for promoting pornography content and over privacy concerns but it was relisted on Play store and App store in a few days. The government is yet to reveal as to how it plans to execute the ban this time.

Meanwhile, Zee News quoted Tarun Pathak, an analyst at research firm Counterpoint, as saying that that the order would impact roughly one in three smartphone users in India. TikTok, Club Factory and UC Browser and other apps put together had more than 500 million (50 Crore) monthly active users in May, according to one of the top mobile insight firms.

TikTok has more than 100 million (10 crore) monthly active users in India. Notably, when TikTok app was blocked in India for a week in 2019, ByteDance had said in a court filing that it was losing more than $5,00,000 (9Rs 3.7 Crore) a day in the nation. ByteDance is the company which has developed TikTok.

Full list of Chinese apps banned in India

TikTok

Shareit

Kwai

UC Browser

Baidu map

Shein

Clash of Kings

DU battery saver

Helo

Likee

YouCam makeup

Mi Community

CM Browers

Virus Cleaner

APUS Browser

ROMWE

Club Factory

Newsdog

Beutry Plus

WeChat

UC News

QQ Mail

Weibo

Xender

QQ Music

QQ Newsfeed

Bigo Live

SelfieCity

Mail Master

Parallel Space

 

 

Mi Video Call – Xiaomi

WeSync

ES File Explorer

Viva Video – QU Video Inc

Meitu

Vigo Video

New Video Status

DU Recorder

Vault- Hide

Cache Cleaner DU App studio

DU Cleaner

DU Browser

Hago Play With New Friends

Cam Scanner

Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile

Wonder Camera

Photo Wonder

QQ Player

We Meet

Sweet Selfie

Baidu Translate

Vmate

QQ International

QQ Security Center

QQ Launcher

U Video

V fly Status Video

Mobile Legends

DU Privacy

Image Credit: Indian Defence Times

 

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