TikTok stops working in India completely
NEW DELHI: After the TikTok app was removed from Google Play and App Store, the social media platform has stopped working totally in India. This comes within 24-hours of the Indian government banning 59 mobile apps of Chinese origin. Invoking its power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act, the Ministry of Information Technology blocked popular apps like TikTok, SHAREit, WeChat, UC Browser and 55 others. While the TikTok app could no longer be downloaded in the morning, the app has now stopped working altogether for those who had been using TikTok previously. On opening TikTok, a black screen pops up with a message which reads, “Dear users, we are in the process of complying with the government of India’s directive to block 59 app. Ensuring the privacy and security of all our users in India remains our utmost priority.” Even using a VPN app on your phone will not be of much help. Interestingly, TikTok seems to be voluntarily shutting down its service in India following the government order as other popular apps like WeChat, SHAREit, UC Browser that are also banned can still be downloaded and used as of now. Responding to the ban, TikTok in its official statement said, “The Government of India has issued an interim order for the blocking of 59 apps, including TikTok and we are in the process of complying with it. We have been invited to meet with concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications. TikTok continues to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law and has not shared any information of our users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese Government. Further if we are requested to in the future we would not do so. We place the highest importance on user privacy and integrity.” Explaining the reason for banning TikTok and 58 other apps in India, the Ministry of Information Technology in its official statement said, “We have received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India.