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The viral video sharing app TikTok has been removed from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store in India after the country banned 59 Chinese apps on Monday. However, those who have already installed the app will continue to have access to it.
India and China are currently at odds because of an ongoing border dispute. Therefore, there is a widespread appeal to boycott Chinese apps and goods in the country, and the removal of TikTok from Indian app stores is a direct reflection of that. According to the Indian government, the short video app, along with 58 others, is engaged in "activities that undermine India's sovereignty and integrity, India's defense, state security and public order".
Oddly enough, other Chinese apps like SHAREit, UC Browser and WeChat, which are also on the banned apps list, remain available in both Google and Apple app stores.
In response to these sudden sanctions from the Indian government, TikTok posted the following statement on its Twitter account today.
– TikTok India (@TikTok_IN) June 30, 2020
From what we can read, there is still a chance that TikTok will be restored in app stores in India. The company clearly states that it will consult with government stakeholders to review the situation and adhere to its data privacy and security practices.
However, it has not always been a smooth ride for TikTok in India. The app was also banned in the country last year because it allowed pornographic and sloppy content. It then took several steps to ensure the safety of its users to be restored.
For the time being, the Indian government has said the ban on TikTok and other Chinese apps is an interim measure. It offers these apps the opportunity to present their case to a committee with representatives of different ministers. The committee then makes recommendations as to whether the apps should remain banned or released for use.