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India's TikTok influencers respond to government ban

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A photo taken on December 14, 2018 in Paris shows the logo of the application TikTok. - TikTok, is a Chinese short-form video-sharing app, which has proved wildly popular this year. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

India's TikTok influencers are urging their fans to follow them on other social media platforms after the government announced a ban on the popular video-sharing app.

(CNN)India's TikTok influencers are urging their fans to follow them on other social media platforms after the government announced a ban on the popular video-sharing app.

TikTok was one of 59 apps, including Chinese messaging platform WeChat and mobile browser UC Browser, banned by the Indian government Monday for posing a "threat to sovereignty and integrity. "

As news of the ban came into effect Monday night, TikTok creators began to post videos with their Instagram handles and YouTube links.

Actress Shraddha Arya deleted all her TikTok posts except for one listing her Instagram and Facebook handle.

Others posted farewell videos with the hashtag #ByeTikTok, saying they agreed with the government's move and would delete their accounts from the app.

In an interview with India TV, actress Ashnoor Kaur, who has 3. 2 million followers on TikTok, celebrated the government's move saying it presented an opportunity for India to become self-sufficient and use homegrown apps.

Other celebrities urged the public to show empathy for TikTok creators.

Tuesday, TikTok responded to the ban, saying it has been invited by the Indian government "to respond and submit clarifications. "

This is not the first time TikTok has run into trouble with the Indian government.

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India has been the biggest driver of new TikTok downloads, generating close to 660 million installs since its launch in 2017, according to analytics firm Sensor Tower.

It was downloaded 315 million times from January through March, according to Sensor Tower -- an amount that the analytics company says topped any other app ever for a single quarter.

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