Technical Strike on China: TikTok app completely closed in India

On opening the TikTok App, there is now a network error, with which a notice has been given. This notice reads, (translation) “Dear user, we are in the process of complying with the Indian government directive to block 59 apps.”

TikTok has stopped working in India. The Indian government had decided to ban 59 apps, including TikTok, on the night of 29 June. The popular Tiktok apps have since also been removed from Google Play and App Store listings. 

However, for users whose phones already had this app, this app was working even after their phone was banned. But now TikTok has stopped working across all devices, including the desktop website. On opening the app, users see a popup notice, in which users have been informed about the app ban.

On opening the TikTok App, there is now a network error, with which a notice has been given. The notice reads, (translation) “Dear user, we are in the process of complying with the Indian government directive to block 59 apps.

Ensuring the privacy and security of all our users in India is our top priority.” Now new recommended videos are not loading in this app, instead of which a network error is coming. The block is believed to have been done by the company itself. This notification was also sent as a push notification to the app users.

Not only the app, but if you open TikTok on the desktop as well, the whole website will look blank. Only one note is left for users. This note states, (Translation) “Dear users, the Government of India has banned 59 apps including TikTok, including TikTok, on 29 June. We are in the process of complying with the instructions of the Government of India and the Government , So that the issue can be better understood and a course of action can be found.”

Nikhil Gandhi, head of TikTok India has also confirmed that the process of implementing the ban order is currently underway. Representatives of the company will hold meetings with government officials to discuss the matter and submit clarifications. However, according to sources there has been no meeting lineup of Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad with representatives of Bain Apps.

The Short Video app owned by ByteDance has claimed that the privacy and security of users is primary for them and there is no compromise with the users’ data. Even if the Chinese government makes a request in this regard, it does not.

Apart from TikTok, the Indian government has banned 58 Chinese apps, including many apps such as ShareIt, UC Browser, Shein, Club Factory, Clash of Kings, Helo, Mi Community, CamScanner, ES File Explorer, VMate. The government claims that all these apps were involved in such activities, which could pose a threat to the sovereignty and integrity of the country, security of the country and public order etc.

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