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India bans TikTok as tensions with China escalate

June 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A man checks the TIKTOK rating in Google Play in New Delhi, India on 20 May 2020. The rating was dipped to 2.0 Star rating after a video glorifying acid attack led to calls for its ban. (Photo by Nasir Kachroo/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

India is banning TikTok and several other well-known Chinese apps, saying they pose a "threat to sovereignty and integrity," in the latest indication of escalating tensions between the two countries.

San Francisco (CNN Business)India is banning TikTok and several other well-known Chinese apps, saying they pose a "threat to sovereignty and integrity," in the latest indication of escalating tensions between the two countries.

India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said in a statement Monday that it had received many complaints about misuse and transmission of user data by some mobile apps to servers outside India.

"The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures," the ministry said, listing 59 apps including many prominent Chinese ones that will be subject to the ban.

TikTok, the hugely popular video platform owned by Chinese tech giant Bytedance, has an estimated 120 million users in India, making the country one of its biggest markets.

Chinese companies such as Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and OnePlus account for more than half of India's smartphone market, according to industry figures, and Chinese tech giants Alibaba (BABA) and Tencent (TCEHY) are major investors in some of the country's most valuable startups.

Nonetheless, the ban will be "a blow to the Chinese app industry that loses a strong installed base outside its home country," according to research firm Canalys.

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