TikTok is among the first to respond to the ban by removing its app as other popular apps like WeChat, UC Browser, CamScanner, Shareit, Likee, Xender are still present on App Store and Google Play.
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Responding to the ban, TikTok in its official statement said, “The Government of India has issued an interim order for the blocking of 59 apps, including TikTok and we are in the process of complying with it. We have been invited to meet with concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications. TikTok continues to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law and have not shared any information of our users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese Government. Further if we are requested to in the future we would not do so. We place the highest importance on user privacy and integrity.”
— TikTok India (@TikTok_IN) 1593489058000
Explaining the reason for banning TikTok and 58 other apps in India, the Ministry of Information Technology in its official statement said, “We have received many complaints from various sources including several reports about 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. 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.”