TikTok vanishes from Google Play Store and Apple App Store after Government bans 59 Chinese apps in India

TikTok vanishes from Google Play Store and Apple App Store after Government bans 59 Chinese apps in India

Popular short video app TikTok has been taken down from Google Play Store and Apple App Store. The move came after Ministry of Information Technology on Monday night banned 59 Chinese Apps in the country saying they are engaged in activities which are "prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.

In its interim order banning these Chinese apps, the government stated, “invoking it's power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59 apps since in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.”

Meanwhile TikTok has responded and said that they are complying with the ban and have been invited to ‘respond and submit clarifications’ to the concerned government stakeholders.