Officially, TikTok has gone offline in India alongside other 59 Chinese apps that were recently banned in India. Other Chinese apps including ShareIt, UC Browser, Shein, Club Factory, Clash of Kings, Helo, Mi Community, CamScanner, ES File Explorer, VMate, and more.
However, the government claims that these apps are prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state, and public order.
Huge companies can’t underestimate the 1billion+ people in India, with over 400million citizens have access to the internet. According to statistics, India is the biggest and largest market for TikTok and a few other social/messaging app.
TikTok is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, and SensorTower April’s data shows a 30% of TikTok’s 2 billion downloads came from India. While messaging app WeChat, owned by Chinese internet company Tencent, has more than 1 billion users worldwide.
— TikTok India (@TikTok_IN) June 30, 2020
Among other claims, TikTok India is claimed to share user information with the Chinese government. But the TikTok’s India chief acknowledged the government order in a statement and also denied the accusation of sharing the data.
The Ministry of Information Technology said that it has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about the 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.
Well, this isn’t the first time India has banned TikTok. The government instructed Google and Apple to remove the app from their respective app stores over concerns about pornography on the platform, last year.
Indian lawmakers said TikTok was encouraging the spread of explicit content and “cultural degradation.” However, the ban was lifted after about a week.
With the current ban, the Indian government believes that the move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. These apps are expected to be removed from the Google Play Store and Apple Store soon.
Nevertheless, the TikTok app has completely stopped working on all devices, including the desktop website. Alongside, TikTok, 58 other Chinese apps have also been banned in the country. The TikTok app now shows a network error.
Alongside is a notice that reads, “Dear users, we are in the process of complying with the Government of India’s directive to block 59 apps. Ensuring the privacy and security of all our users in India remains our utmost priority.”
TikTok India head Nikhil Gandhi had earlier said that the company will meet with government authorities to discuss the issue and submit clarifications. And claims to comply with all privacy requirements. Right now, TikTok app cannot be downloaded in the country anymore.