TikTok Banned. 59 Chinese Apps Banned By India
New Delhi: The Centre blocked 59 apps with Chinese links that included the hugely popular TikTok and UC Browser today, amid a huge economic backlash against China following the June 15 clashes at Ladakh in which 20 Indian soldiers died in action and more than 70 were injured. Sources said intelligence inputs suggested that the apps have been violating the terms of usage, compromising users privacy, and being used as spyware or malware.
In a statement, the government said the apps were blocked “in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.
The statement from the Ministry of Electronics and Information and Technology said it had received an “exhaustive recommendation” from the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre and the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The ministry said it also received representations from people on “security of data and risk to privacy” regarding certain apps.