The Indian government prohibited TikTok, which is extremely popular in the country, for alleged personal privacy offenses and threatening its “sovereignty.”
On Monday, the federal government of India revealed the banning of 59 apps– including TikTok– for” [engaging] in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and stability of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.” TikTok, significantly, is owned by the Chinese business ByteDance, and over the previous year has faced accusations of breaking its users’personal privacy. While there are privacy-related factors to be worried about TikTok, and numerous other apps for that matter, this newest restriction follows on the heels of a fatal border clash between Indian and Chinese military forces earlier this month that left 20 Indian soldiers dead. We connected to TikTok for a response to the ban, but got no instant response. There will certainly be a response from Indian TikTok fans, nevertheless, as according to analytics company SensorTower the app was downloaded 46.6 million times in India in February alone– making it”TikTok’s most significant driver of downloads” that month.
TikTok was currently gotten rid of from Apple’s App Shop and the Google Play shop in India in April of this year– for apparently facilitating the distribution of pornography– just to be added back a couple of weeks later on. This time, however, the Indian government’s specified inspiration is a little bit more severe.
“The Ministry of Information Technology has received lots of complaints from various sources consisting of several reports about abuse of some mobile apps readily available on Android and iOS platforms for taking and surreptitiously sending users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India,” read the announcement.
As such, the statement continued, the federal government is banning a host of apparently breaching apps.
Must the most recent TikTok ban last longer than the previous one, Indians desperate for looping-video apps may be forced to do the unthinkable: turn to Vine-successor Byte.