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TikTok goes down in India, its biggest overseas market

"They want to send a message".

Video sharing app TikTok on Tuesday stopped working in India, a day after the government banned it along with 58 other popular Chinese applications.

TikTok India head Nikhil Gandhi in a statement said, "TikTok continues to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law and have not shared any information of our users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese Government".

He said that data security is a major concern and that more such measures will impact China's economy.

The government order didn't name China, or cite the border clashes. Some users are reporting success, but most are failing to connect with that too. The soldiers' deaths meant the Indian government had to hit back, Acharya said.

Earlier this month, after the #BoycottMadeinChina movement gathered momentum in India's social networking space, China's state run media Global Times had reported that India could be staring at a "punishment" over the prevailing "anti-China sentiment" in the country.

Supporters of the ban hailed it as a way to curtail China's growing influence. The decision has been taken by the government, and I'm pretty sure it must be taken considering all the points and understanding what trouble they might be going through with China, and obviously, they must be having their own legit reasons to take this step.

Other apps makers are yet to respond to the ban. Some slammed it as an encroachment on free speech.

Though the Chinese Foreign Ministry withheld any more comments, its mission here said the grounds for the banning of the 59 apps was "ambiguous and far-fetched", grated against the general trend of global trade and e-commerce and was not conducive to consumer interests and the market competition in India.

This isn't the first time TikTok has been banned in India - the Madras High Court in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu banned it previous year over hate speech concerns, but quickly vacated its order. It is expected to sponsor data localization legislation later this year.

India is one of TikTok's largest markets.

"Google PlayStore and Apple's AppStore have already started to remove them from their portals so no more new downloads will happen".

And Mr Roy says the ban will hurt all Indian who were making money and business connections through these apps.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a regular press briefing that China is "strongly concerned" about the announcement and looking into the situation.

"We want to stress that the Chinese government always asks Chinese businesses to abide by global and local laws-regulations".

At least 18 of 30 start-up unicorns in India have Chinese capital.

"Chinese investors are going to become very wary of investing in India". Chinese smartphone brand Xiaomi also sells its products bundled with MI apps, many of which are also now banned.



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