India has decided to ban 59 Chinese mobile applications, including TikTok, in view of ongoing border tensions with China.
A press release issued by the Indian government on Monday said, “The Ministry of Information and Technology has decided to block 59 applications under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act.”
According to the press release, “this decision has been taken in the light of reports which said that these applications pose a threat to the security and defense of the country.”
The notification further said that the Ministry of Information had received a number of complaints from various sources regarding misuse of some mobile applications and secret transfer of user data outside India.
Mobile applications that have been banned include TikTok, UC Browser, Share It, Hello, VChat, Club Factory, and others.
— Anshul Mahajan (@2794_anshul) June 30, 2020
The ‘Boycott China’ campaign was launched in India after a clash between Chinese and Indian forces in Ladakh and the death of Indian soldiers.
Social media users were demanding a ban on not only Chinese products but also mobile phone applications.
Social media users are welcoming the government’s move.
After government ban #Tiktok
Me: Right now pic.twitter.com/h2eX4twicf
— Saif Shaikh (@mr_saifu07) June 30, 2020
— Anjam sahir (@Anjamsahir) June 30, 2020