India bans TikTok, WeChat and dozens of other Chinese apps

The Indian government has banned TikTok and dozens of other Chinese apps that they say pose a danger to the country.

In a statement, he said the requests were “detrimental to India’s sovereignty and integrity, defense of India, state security and public order”.

In total, 59 applications were banned – including the popular WeChat messaging app. There are growing tensions along the disputed border between the two powers.

Both India and China sent more troops to the Ladakh region in June.

The clashes left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead. Satellite images also seem to show that China has built new structures overlooking the Himalayan border region.

India’s Ministry of Information Technology said it was banning 59 Chinese applications after receiving “many complaints from various sources” about applications that “unauthorized stealing and hijacking user data”.

“The compilation of this data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to India’s national security and defense, which end up colliding with India’s sovereignty and integrity, is a matter of deep and immediate concern, which requires emergency measures” said the ministry. said.

TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, is based in Beijing and the app became popular in the Chinese market before it spread around the world.

India is TikTok’s largest foreign market, with around 120 million users.

As it grew in popularity, it faced charges of linking to the Chinese state and sending user data to China. Many of its strongest critics are in the United States, including some American senators who called for an investigation into the company.

TikTok fiercely rejects such claims.

The list of banned apps by India also includes the Weibo microblogging platform, the Clash of Kings strategy game, Alibaba’s UC Browser and the Club Factory and Shein e-commerce apps.

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