India has banned 59 Chinese-owned applications, including TikTok, ShareIt, UC Browser,and Likee,
India’s unprecedented move following Galwan Valley clash59 mobile apps of Chinese origin banned by the Government of IndiaThe list includes popular Chinese apps like TikTok, SHAREit, Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
TikTok has been banned in India, and many creators on the platform have started asking their followers to meet them on Instagram and YouTube instead. The TikTok app can not be downloaded anymore on either Apple’s App Store or Google Play store, but the app is still working for people who have it on their phones, for now. Some TikTok influencers have therefore made videos to teach users about how to use Instagram as they’re set to switch platforms. Similarly, many TikTok users held live broadcasts on the platform to speak to their followers and request them to join their profiles on Instagram, shortly after the ban was made public by the government on Monday evening. Some TikTok influencers have also started asking people to watch their videos on YouTube from now on.
Popular TikTok creators have been providing their Instagram account details on their TikTok profiles for some time. However, most of them were earlier using the Facebook-owned app just to reach out to their potential sponsors and give a glimpse of the videos that they post on TikTok.
The list of 59 mobile apps with their origin in China include TikTok, SHAREit, UC Browser, Baidu map, Helo, Mi Community, Club Factory, WeChat, UC News, Weibo, Xender, Meitu, Mi Video Call – Xiaomi, CamScanner, and Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile.
The order issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) stated that the 59 apps that have been banned by the Government of India “are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”. The order added: “This move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace.”
Various TikTok influencers have also made videos to teach users about how to begin with Instagram and follow them on the platform. Similarly, there is a sharp increase in views of the hashtag #TikTokBan on TikTok. Some creators suggesting their Instagram profiles and YouTube channels are also using the same hashtag. There are also some videos on TikTok asking users to manually download their favourite videos from the platform that has over 20 crore users in the country.
“There have been raging concerns on aspects relating to data security and safeguarding the privacy of 130 crore Indians. It has been noted recently that such concerns also pose a threat to sovereignty and security of our country. The Ministry of Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India. 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.”