India Enforces Permanent Block on 59 Chinese Apps, Including TikTok

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NUSADAILY.COM -JAKARTA – India’s ministry of electronics and information technology has issued a new notice to impose a permanent ban on the TikTok video app and 58 other Chinese apps in June.

When it first imposed the ban, the Indian government gave the 59 apps the opportunity to explain their position on compliance with privacy and security requirements.

Companies, including ByteDance’s popular video distribution platform TikTok, Tencent’s WeChat messaging platform and Alibaba’s UC Browser browser, were also asked to respond to a list of privacy and security questions.

“The government is not satisfied with the response/explanation given by these companies. Therefore, the ban on these 59 applications is permanent now,” the Indian newspaper reported, according to a source with knowledge of the notice, quoted by Reuters on Tuesday.

India’s ITE ministry, in June, issued a blocking order stating that the applications “harm India’s sovereignty and integrity, India’s defense, state security and public order.”

The order, which India calls a “digital attack,” is the tail end of a clash of Chinese troops on the Himalayan border that killed 20 Indian soldiers.

In September, India blocked 118 other mobile apps, including Tencent’s popular video game PUBG, which increased pressure on Chinese tech companies.

A TikTok representative, according to Indian media, said it was evaluating the notice and would respond accordingly. (sak/ant)