India Bans TikTok and 59 other Chinese Apps Due to ‘Security Issue’ with China

 India Bans TikTok and 59 other Chinese Apps Due to ‘Security Issue’ with China

India and China are wedged over a territorial conflict that could lit flames of world war 3. The Indian government on Monday evening said it was banning 59 apps developed by Chinese firms over national apprehensions. India Bans TikTok and 59 other Chinese Apps Due to ‘Security Issue’ with China.

According to Indian News Agencies, these apps were fetching in activities that could threaten “National Security and Defence of India, which eventually impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India” to hold the latest crucial standoff between the world’s two most populated nuclear-powered nations.

India Bans TikTok and 59 other Chinese Apps Due to ‘Security Issue’ with China

Subsequently, India ordered to ban include ByteDance’s TikTok,  which counts India as its huge overseas market; Community and Video Call apps from Xiaomi, which is the top smartphone vendor in India; two of Alibaba Group’s apps (UC Browser and UC News); Shareit; CM Browser, Club Factory, which claims to be India’s third-largest e-commerce firm; and ES File Explorer. Moreover, it is a critical decision of the Indian government as it captivates the world’s second-largest internet market with nearly half of its 1.3 billion population online. Despite the fact, it has ordered to ban so many foreign apps.

New Delhi Validates Government Stance

Nation’s Computer Emergency Response Team enumerated

 “Representations from citizens regarding the security of data and breach of privacy impacting upon public order issues. The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India.”

Tarun Pathak, an Analyst at Research Firm Counterpoint, said

“The order would impact roughly one in three smartphone users in India. TikTok, Club Factory, and UC Browser and other apps put together had more than 500 million monthly active users in May, according to one of the top mobile insight firms. And, 27 of these 59 apps were among the top 1,000 Android apps in India last month, according to the mobile insights firm — data of which an industry executive shared with TechCrunch.”

How apps, mobile operating system, and internet services confer to “Breach of Security”

It’s indistinct to comprehend the trio relationship of mobile operating system makers and internet service providers. Just a week before all the aforementioned apps were available to download from Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store in India.

Google said,

“Google had yet to receive the order from New Delhi.”

Apple said,

 “Apple was reviewing the order. The companies have traditionally complied with such app removal requests.”

And New Delhi said,

“We had 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.”

Anti-China Sentiment has been Gaining Mindshare in India

In recent weeks, since more than 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a military clash in the Himalayas earlier this month. “Boycott China” like slogans are the upshot of heatwaves and have been trending on Twitter in India ever since as a growing number of people posted videos signifying the destruction of Chinese-made smartphones, TVs, and other products.

 

TikTok has been facing backlash in India for getting the podium of “Dissolute Activities”

Since the second half of May after users excavated and shared numerous recent TikTok videos on Twitter that give the impression to sponsor domestic violence, animal cruelty, racism, child abuse, and objectification of women. Indians are screening detestation by sending off a poor rating of the TikTok app in the Google Play Store. Moreover, the Android-maker had to arbitrate and delete millions of disgusting comments.

An app called “Remove China Apps” gained popularity among some Indians

Google dragged the app later from the Play Store indicating it to desecrating guidelines. A TikTok spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

See what happens next in the consequence of pro-war skirmishes between two neighbouring countries.

Also Read: The Backlash of Internet War: TikTok App Rating Drops to 1.3 on Play Store

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