India bans dozens of Chinese apps on privacy concerns

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The Indian government has prohibited 59 smartphone apps, citing data privacy threats and national security concerns.

Among those on the list are short-video service TikTok, live-streaming platform Bigo Live, the Zoom videoconferencing app, microblogging platform Weibo, social video tool Kwai and the multi-purpose social messaging app WeChat, the South China Morning Post reported.

Analysts contend geopolitical tensions between the countries have played a part in the decision and in explaining its reasoning New Delhi said the apps have “engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and the integrity of India, the defense of India, security of state and public order”.

After the government acted, the Indian army went further by asking soldiers to delete 89 apps from their smartphones, including non-Chinese ones such as Facebook, Tinder, Truecaller and Instagram “to plug leakage of information.” 

In addition, the US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said the United States is looking at banning some Chinese social media apps, including TikTok which, he claimed, shares information with the Beijing government.

TikTok denies the suggestion. “We have never provided user data to the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked,” the company was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.


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