The Indian government on Monday banned 59 Chinese-developed apps citing “national security” concerns, TechCrunch reported.
TikTok tops the list of banned Chinese apps released by India’s Ministry of Electronics and IT on Monday night. India is TikTok’s largest overseas market and the world’s second-largest internet market.
India’s Ministry of Information Technology issued an official press release announcing the ban, which said that “in view of the emergent nature of threats [the ministry] has decided to block 59 apps … engaged in activities … prejudicial to [the] sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state, and public order.”
The statement further explained that the ministry had “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 … outside India.”
The ban will impact an estimated one in