India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has announced that it is blocking 59 apps which includes TikTok and other Chinese apps. Here is why the ministry in India bans TikTok and the rest.
In a statement credited to the arm of the Government of India that controls technology in the area, it published a list of 59 banned apps that have links with Chinese corporations. One of the most notable banned apps is TikTok.
The Ministry claims that the affected apps engaged in activities which the authorities frowned upon. It said some of the activities are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.
Additionally, India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology says it is acting on several complaints from citizens. Both Android and iOS devices are allegedly subject to these apps.
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It explains further that the apps steal users’ data and send them to locations outside India. These, are all done without the knowledge of the users, says the governmental body.
This is not all. The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs is also playing its part in this mass boycott. It has sent out memos to Indian citizens on how they would block the intrusive apps.
The publication also states that people have also sent complaints to many other bodies in the country. And while people are aware of the several dangers, it is not still enough.
“There has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against Apps that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of our citizens,” the press release reads.
In response to what is allegedly becoming a mass outcry, India has opted to ban TikTok, Likee, UC Browser and many other apps. You can see a list of the banned applications here.
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