Indian Government Officially Bans 59 Chinese Apps Including TikTok

TikTok goes down in India, its biggest overseas market

TikTok servers go down in India after government ban Simply sideloading the app won't do the trick

However, the response on social media in India did not match the Chinese embassy's expectations as most users, including those in Punjab, opted to say "bye-bye" and were transiting to other apps since the trigger for the ban is widely understood to be the deaths of Indian soldiers on June 15 and Chinese intransigence in stepping back from the LAC.

Sensor Tower said the 59 banned apps recorded roughly 4.9 billion downloads in India since January 2014.

TikTok stands to lose a sizable chunk of its existing and potential users; in April, the app data research company SensorTower reported that India is the top source of downloads, making up almost a third of TikTok's over 2 billion installs.

The ban enforcement comes in less than a day since the Indian government made an announcement banning 59 Chinese apps.

"I don't think it will affect the apps - maybe the number of the users [will drop] but it will only have a minor impact on [their] revenue", Mr Pahwa said. The move could affect how millions of Indians work and play.

China's foreign ministry said it was "strongly concerned" about India's decision, adding that India had a "responsibility to uphold the legitimate legal rights of investors including the Chinese companies". If you already have the app installed or if you sideloaded it, you'll see this notice and a blank slate with no posts or videos.

He adds that although there are ways to get around the ban, it will "effectively kill" popular apps. In April, Apple and Google briefly banned TikTok from their app stores in India in accordance with a court that found that the app was being used to spread pornography and potentially expose children to predators.

Among the list of newly-banned apps, Alibaba's UC Browser, Meitu's Beauty Plus camera app and Bigo's Likee video editing app are among the top 100 most downloaded apps in India, according to app intelligence firm App Annie.

TikTok, which has amassed over 200 million users in India, identifies Asia's third-largest economy as its biggest overseas market.

Some Indian apps like ShareChat, a local language social media platform, welcomed the ban.

Many of the Chinese apps have gained significant reach over the last few years with hundreds of millions of installs in India. "We place the highest importance on user privacy and integrity", he said.

Indian industry analysts believe this could include job losses for people working for the app companies.

A TikTok India representative has reportedly said that the company has arranged a meeting with the Indian government to "respond and submit clarifications".

Privacy activists said the ban was less about privacy and more about sending a message to China.

The three Bytedance-owned apps have approximately 300 million users between them, and these users may have started exploring other avenues for entertainment.

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