India bans TikTok and dozens of different Chinese language apps over safety considerations
A TikTok brand is seen on a cellular machine in Mountain View, California on November 2, 2019 as a photograph illustration.
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The Indian authorities this week banned dozens of Chinese language cellular apps, together with TikTok, over alleged safety points.
In response to a launch, India’s Ministry of Info Know-how “has determined to dam 59 apps since in view of knowledge obtainable they’re engaged in actions which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, protection of India, safety of state and public order.”
TikTok, operated by Chinese language tech big ByteDance, permits customers to create brief movies and overlay voices or music. The app, which surpassed 2 billion downloads in April, has discovered an enormous market in India, in accordance with Sensor Tower. Roughly 30% of downloads got here from India, in accordance with the info analytics agency. TikTok didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The app has been blocked within the nation earlier than. Final Might, the Indian authorities banned the app’s downloads for 2 weeks, after a courtroom dominated that it may expose youngsters on the app to sexual predators and graphic content material. (TikTok appealed and the courtroom reversed its ruling.)
Together with TikTok, the federal government banned high-profile Chinese language apps WeChat, a messaging app, and Weibo, a Chinese language social community that is just like Twitter.
The ban comes amid current geopolitical tensions with China. At the least 20 Indian troopers had been killed in a conflict between Chinese language troops earlier this month in a area that has not seen any fatalities from battle since 1975. On this confrontation, each nations claimed the others’ troops had moved in and overstepped the boundary.
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