India’s authorities has banned TikTok and dozens extra Chinese-made apps it says are a hazard to the nation.
In an announcement, it mentioned the apps had been “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.
In complete, 59 totally different apps had been banned – together with common messaging app WeChat.
It follows weeks of escalating tensions alongside the disputed border between the 2 nations.
Both India and China deployed extra troops to the Ladakh area in June, and minor clashes have left at the very least 20 Indian troops useless.
Satellite photos additionally seem to indicate that China has constructed new buildings overlooking the Himalayan border area.
India’s Ministry of Information Technology mentioned it was banning the 59 Chinese apps after receiving “many complaints from various sources” about apps that had been “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorised manner”.
“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,” the ministry mentioned.
TikTok’s dad or mum firm, ByteDance, is headquartered in Beijing and the app first turned common within the Chinese market earlier than spreading worldwide.
As it grew in recognition, it has confronted accusations of hyperlinks to the Chinese state, and of sending person knowledge into China. Many of its strongest critics are within the United States, together with some US senators who’ve known as for an investigation into the corporate.