Just a day after govt. banned the short video platform application TikTok and other 58 Chinese apps on the backdrop that such apps were violating data privacy rules in the country as well as amid border tensions between India and China along the LAC.
On late Monday evening, the Indian government banned 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, UC Browser, scanning app CamScanner, etc… These apps found engaging in “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India” activity, according to the government’s order.
Now, the TikTok app has completely stopped working on all devices, including the website. If you search for TikTok on your desktop or phone, its site displays the message of the ban:
On June 29, 2020 the Govt. of India decided to block 59 apps, including TikTok. We are in the process of complying with the Government of India’s directive and also working with the government to better understand the issue and explore a course of action.
Ensuring the privacy and security of all our users in India remains our utmost priority.
TikTok India Team,”
Some TikTok users have taken to Twitter to post screenshots of being unable to use the app. Upon opening TikTok, people are now seeing a “no network connection” message, which means ISPs have begun blocking access to the short video sharing platform.
At the time of the announcement, it wasn’t clear how the government would be enforcing the ban, but it is now clear that telecom operators will be blocking the use of these apps. Some of the apps have already been pulled from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store in India. If you have any of these apps downloaded on your phone, you will soon be unable to use it.