India on Monday banned wildly popular Chinese app Tikkok and 58 others following a skirmish on the border between soldiers of the two countries, killing at least 20 Indian soldiers this month.
The Ministry of Information Technology said in a statement on Monday that “apps ranging from gaming to music streaming and social media” are biased towards India’s sovereignty and integrity, defense of India, security of the state and public order.
In addition to TikTok, mobile apps that have been banned include some of China’s biggest and most influential tech companies, including platforms such as Tencent’s WeChat, Baidu’s Twitter like Weibo, and Xiaomi’s Mi Video Call. It is unclear how this ban will be enforced since the app is downloaded to phones across the country.
Anti-China sentiments have erupted in India after a deadly conflict in the long-disputed Galvan Valley in the Western Himalayas. The fallout includes widespread calls for boycott of Chinese products, including phones and software. Chinese phone maker Oppo ended the launch event of its latest ultra-premium flagship phone,, In light of the diplomatic flare-up between two nuclear-armed nations.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said it had received several complaints related to “stealing mobiles and transmitting users’ data to servers in an unauthorized manner and transmitting them unauthorized to locations outside India.” The government ministry described the situation as “of deep and immediate concern, requiring emergency measures.”
TikTok could not immediately be reached for comment.