India is starting to ban any China invented apps including Tiktok for security allegations
The Government of India has banned dozens of Chinese-made apps, including TikTok. They claimed that these apps are a danger to their country. They have released a statement implying, “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order.” There were already 59 apps that were banned and one of them also is WeChat.
This follows after the escalating tension between the two countries for the disputed border. Both countries have actually deployed military troops to the Ladakh region just last month. The clashes have left at least 20 Indian troops dead and China, on the other hand, appears to build recent structures overlooking the Himalayan border region.
Aside from this, the specific reason why the TikTok app was removed and permanently banned in India is due to massive complaints receive from various sources. “The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures,” the India ministry said.
“China would not be above using these apps for large-scale data collection and I don’t expect that the government is running all these apps, but they may make an agreement with the companies that they have to cooperate once in a while. And it’s easy under Chinese law to require them to do so.” Mr. Ahlberg added.
After a 2017 clash, they forced Indian troops to delete several Chinese apps from their phones over national security concerns. Some apps are Weibo, UC Browser, and ShareIt.
“Chinese mobile app firms and other tech firms are beholden to the CCP under Chinese law,” Brahma Chellaney, a former adviser to India’s National Security Council, tweeted on Monday, referring to the country’s ruling Communist Party. “As extensions of the Chinese state, they pose a national security risk.”
TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, is headquartered in Beijing and the app first became popular in the Chinese market before spreading worldwide.
India is TikTok’s biggest foreign market, with about 120 million users.
As it grew in popularity, it has faced accusations of links to the Chinese state, and of sending user data into China. Many of its strongest critics are in the United States, including some of the US senators who have called for an investigation into the company.
The list of apps banned by India also includes the microblogging platform Weibo, the strategy game Clash of Kings, Alibaba’s UC Browser, and e-commerce apps Club Factory and Shein.