India Bans TikTok, Dozens More China-Linked Apps, Citing Security Concerns

India Bans TikTok, Dozens More China-Linked Apps, Citing Security Concerns

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The list includes popular apps like TikTok, which amassed at least 200 million active users in India.

"India's clean app approach will boost India's sovereignty and will also boost India's integrity and national security, as the Indian government cell itself has stated", he said.

Roposo, an Indian video-sharing social media app similar to TikTok that been around since 2014, saw its user base jump by 22 million in the two days after India banned the Chinese apps, the company's founder Mayank Bhangadia told Reuters.

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India's Minister for Electronics and Information Technology and Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the step was taken for "safety, security, defence, sovereignty & integrity of India". The move was a response to a border clash with China where 20 Indian soldiers died earlier this month, digital experts said. While the company does not have the same app in its home country but a similar service called Douyin.

Others bemoaned the potential loss of jobs at the app companies' Indian offices. The soldiers' deaths meant the Indian government had to hit back, Acharya said.

When TikTok was banned briefly past year after a state court said the app encouraged pornography, the company told the Supreme Court the ban cost it roughly $15 million a month.

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"We welcome India's ban on certain mobile apps that can serve as appendages of the CCP surveillance state", Pompeo said, referring to the Chinese Communist Party. And the striking move by the Indian government has affected the maker significantly.

In a post titled "A message to our employees in India", he said on July 1: "Our platform has encountered an unfortunate challenge in India".

India's additional scrutiny of imports from China has disrupted operations at plants owned by Apple supplier Foxconn in southern India, sources said, and other foreign firms are also facing delays as tensions between the two countries build.

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"Chinese investors are going to become very wary of investing in India".

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