The Centre on Monday banned 59 Chinese apps including popular short video sharing social media platform TikTok over national security concerns. TikTok was a very popular Chinese app in India with more than 119 million users. In fact, nearly 30 per cent of TikTok's users were from India. With the apps now banned in India, its ranking has hit the bottom in less than 24 hours.

According to sensortowar.com, TikTok was the No 1 app on play store in India between June 1 to 29. However, soon after the ban, the app vanished from both the Google Play Store and iOS app store. Moreover, a large number of Indians also uninstalled the app, due to which the app slipped to 199 in rankings and soon it was out of the top 200 mobile apps in India.

Former MEA spokesperson and India's representative to the United States, Syed Akbaruddin shared a graph showing the downfall of TikTok, which once ruled the Indian mobile application market.

China reacts to India's ban on its apps

Reacting to India's decision to ban Chinese apps, China on Tuesday said it was "strongly concerned" and "verifying the situation". Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said that it was the Indian government's responsibility to "uphold the legal rights of international investors including Chinese ones."

"We want to stress that the Chinese Govt always asks Chinese businesses to abide by international & local laws-regulations. Indian Govt has a responsibility to uphold the legal rights of international investors including Chinese ones," he said.

The move to block Chinese apps is also linked to the recent clashes between the Indian and Chinese soldiers in Galwan Vally in Ladakh. At least 20 Indian soldiers, including a colonel, were killed in the clashes while over 70 others injured.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma