The ongoing interests with China are taking a negative plunge in using their mobile applications. Our government has made it supremely clear that, to ban any marketing or app or product usage that will indulge china. On the other hand, we wouldn’t be sharing any data with the Chinese, says Tik Tok too.
Adding to it, India bans over 59 smartphone apps from China. Indian govt banned Tik Tok too, quoting, “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of a state and public order”.
Cutting the e-commerce relation forever:
The mobile applications were instructed to be blocked on Tuesday by the central govt. Though Tik Tok claims that it has not passed out any data or information about its users to any other country or China, it looks like it might still need to prove its’ collaterals to the Indian government.
Tik Tok said it has not shared any information this far and will not share in the future too. Post the government ban on the 59 mobile applications, Nikhil Gandhi, Tik Tok’s head was called in to meet the government stakeholders “to respond & submit clarifications”.
The 59 banned application has been removed from the source, Google Play Store & Apple App Store, only for India. Additionally, some applications include Club Factory, SHAREit, Likee, Mi Video Call (Xiaomi), Weibo, Baidu & Bigo Live.
Nikhil Gandhi clears:
“TikTok continues to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law and has not shared any information of our users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese government,” Gandhi said.
“Further, if we are requested to in the future, we would not do so. We place the highest importance on user privacy and integrity,” he added.
Statements quoted by the IT ministry, “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of a state and public order” concerning the 59 apps. The government officials have raised finger that China’s connection was one common factor with the mobile applications. Hence, they have to go blocked.
The catalyst for boycotting:
The border between India & China dispute that aggravated the decision further called for this decision. The dispute was inhumane and led to deadly, Galwan Valley. The sources claim that “Minister Amit Shah backed up the decision to establish on a spot that been under discussion for weeks then.
It was not long after Amit Shah powered the decision, the National Security Council Secretariat took stride with the intelligence agencies and waved the red flag. Banning the 59 mobile applications because of Chinese commonality was simply the clear motive.
The next morning, Tik Tok still believed that it has all the chances for normal functioning thinking that the govt’s ban is just an “interim order” & brought down the role of Tik Tok.
“TikTok has democratised the internet by making it available in 14 Indian languages, with hundreds of millions of users, artists, storytellers, educators and performers depending on it for their livelihood, many of whom are first-time internet users,” the statement from TikTok India head Nikhil Gandhi said.
With all the hocus – pocus submissions and fighting it is quite unlikely that the government might change its stance. Further, coming from the intelligence report, all the apps have a corridor for leaking the data. Experts have reported the malpractices that lie underneath.
Location data is one of the valuable information that can be extracted by China servers. The intelligence report further stated that “Moreover, the beauty apps, such as beauty plus and selfie cameras have also been reported for being a threat as they contain pornographic content,” a person familiar with the development.