India Ask 59 Chinese Apps to Answer 70 Questions on Contents After the Ban

July 15, 2020 0:52 pm

Beijing (PingWest)- India’s Information Technology Ministry has sent around 70 questions to 59 Chinese apps that were banned by the government since June 29. The 59 Chinese apps owners need to respond to a specific list of questions within three weeks.

The details of question including whether these Chinese companies censored content, worked on behalf of foreign governments or lobbied influencers, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

After receiving the questionnaire, a spokesperson from ByteDance-owned TikTok said “ The set of questions were being designed to get a clear response from the firms on a variety of issues, including their structures, data collection process, and how they harvested data/ information of Indians.”

Reuters reported that one theme of the questionnaire is whether content was censored after an attack last year carried out by a Pakistan-based militant group in Pulwama district in Kashmir. The attack killed at least 40 Indian police officers and heightened tensions between India and Pakistan.

Other themes of the questionnaire related to if companies’ executives in India contacted with film stars, social media influencers or journalists to promote any content, even if the communication was not for commercial purposes.

Other questions were related to advertisers, business structures, taxation practices and privacy policies.

On June 29, India’s Ministry of Information Technology banned 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, Alibaba’s UC Browser and Tencent’s WeChat for being engaged in activities “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order".

The move followed a series of confrontation Between China and India along a disputed Himalayas border.