the government of India decided to block the country 59 applications from Chinese developers, including TikTok. These apps for iOS and Android, said in a press release, “harm the sovereignty and integrity of India as well as the defense, state security and public order”.
India is the largest market for service TikTok, developed by the Chinese company ByteDance. Apart from him, were outlawed apps for video calls from Xiaomi (the largest seller of smartphones in the country) and an online store Club Factory (the third largest in India), messenger WeChat, Baidu maps, and UC browser Browser. Also the ban includes the game Clash of Kings file Manager and ES File Explorer.
the government stated that he had received “many complaints from a variety of sources” for these programs. As follows from the official reports, some apps have been convicted of “theft and hidden sending user data to servers outside India.”
India is the second largest smartphone market, more than 80% of which is controlled by Chinese manufacturers, says TechCrunch. Analyst firm Counterpoint research Tarun Pathak believes that the new ban will affect each of the third user in the country.
Earlier this month, records of downloads in India, has established a new utility Remove China Apps offering to scan Android phone for any programs of Chinese development, such as TikTok and delete them. However, the application is consistent with the policies of Google, and soon from the store removed it himself.
Increased interest in Remove China Apps contributed to a rise in tensions over India-China border in the Himalayas. On the background of aggravation of the conflict in India has gained momentum movement “Boycoting China!”, calling for the rejection of Chinese products, including mobile applications.