After the increasing tensions on the Indo-China border, this week, the Indian Government decided to ban the widely-popular 59 Chinese apps, including- TikTok. However, this ban has been seen as a great step towards maintaining India’s integrity, but it has left millions of TikTok lovers in India disappointed.
More than entertainment, some TikTok users made this platform their source of earning via fetching more and more followers.
On this, the Delhi government said the apps were “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.
As soon as the Indian Government banned these apps, Beijing said it was “strongly concerned” about the app (TikTok) ban.
Many experts consider it a strong political move triggering tensions between both nations.
The TikTok app makers said they would have a word with the Indian Government on the ban, while Beijing has asked India to re-think the decision taken.
ANI quotes Zhao Lijian, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson- “We want to stress that the Chinese Government always asks Chinese businesses to abide by international and local laws-regulations. Indian Government has a responsibility to uphold the legal rights of international investors including Chinese ones,”
When asked to give an explanation on the ban, India’s Ministry of Information Technology said- we received “many complaints from various sources” that the apps were “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorised manner”.
The Indian Government said- “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”.
On this, Prasanto K Roy, a Tech Policy Expert says- “It’s a soft strike at the Chinese, payback for the claimed border violations and recent violent conflict,”
Other banned Chinese apps makers are yet to react to this ban.