After govt ban, TikTok delisted from Google Play and App Store
Meanwhile, TikTok India Head, Nikhil Gandhi said in a statement that they are in the process of complying with the government order, adding that the platform has always placed the highest importance on user privacy and integrity.Devdiscourse News Desk | New Delhi | Updated: 30-06-2020 10:28 IST | Created: 30-06-2020 10:16 IST
TikTok, the popular Chinese short video sharing platform has been removed from Android (Play Store) and iOS (App Store) platforms, just a day after the government of India banned the app along with 58 other mobile applications, citing threat to sovereignty and privacy of 130 crore Indians.
The list of banned Chinese apps also includes WeChat, Shareit, UC Browser, Helo, Cam Scanner, and Bigo Live. While a majority of these apps are still available on both the platforms, TikTok which had nearly 119 million active Indian users is no longer available for download.
In a press release on Monday, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said that it has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about the misuse of some mobile apps for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users' data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India.
"On the basis of these and upon receiving of recent credible inputs that such Apps pose threat to sovereignty and integrity of India, the Government of India has decided to disallow the usage of certain Apps, used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet-enabled devices," said the ministry statement.
Commenting on the developments, TikTok India Head, Nikhil Gandhi said on Tuesday that they are in the process of complying with the government order, adding that the platform has always placed the highest importance on user privacy and integrity.
"TikTok continues to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under the Indian law and has not shared any information of our users in India with any foreign government including the Chinese government," Gandhi further added.
TikTok India (@TikTok_IN) June 30, 2020