BEIJING (PingWest) — TikTok has been removed from App Store and Google Play Store in India, after Indian Ministry of Information and Technology announced to ban 59 Chinese apps including it Monday night. The Modi government said that those popular Chinese apps engaged in activities which "are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order.”
Although the Indian government’s statement did not mention China by name, most of the apps are Chinese ones.
Other banned apps include Alibaba backed UC Browser, Kuaishou’s overseas version Kwai, Baidu map, China’s largest social media platform WeChat, e-commerce platform Club Factory, and Xiaomi’s official forum for its users Mi Community, and many more.
TikTok has been banned for several times in the past few years. In early July of 2018, it was banned by Indonesia government, leading users not able to log in nor use the app. Although users could download it from Android and iOS app stores, content in the app was not able to shown up. The ban originated from a death of a girl being electrocuted and burned when making TikTok videos. Indonesian authorities banned the app after 125,000 Indonesian people signed a petition.
The ban lasted for three weeks.
Bangladesh also banned the short video app in February 2019, for the latter spreading pornographic information.
India also banned TikTok in April 2019 for a week by a state high court, which said that the app was spreading pornographic information.