TikTok, WeChat, dozen Chinese apps banned in India

30 June 2020, Kathmandu

India’s government has banned TikTok and dozen more Chinese-developed apps saying that they are ‘prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state’.

A total of 59 apps were banned – among them popular messaging app WeChat. It follows escalating tensions along the disputed border between the two powers.

Both India and China deployed more troops to the Ladakh region in June.

Clashes have left at least 20 Indian troops dead. Satellite images also appear to show that China has built new structures overlooking the Himalayan border region.

India’s Ministry of Information Technology said it was banning the 59 Chinese apps after receiving “many complaints from various sources” about apps that were “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner”.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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