‘It’s Complying With Government Directive’
TikTok has now completely stopped working in India.
After the Indian government impose a ban on TikTok last night,
The app was delist from Google Play and App Store both soon after.
It continued to work for those who had it already installed on their phone.
The TikTok app has completely stop working on all devices,
Including the desktop website, and a user notice is display inside the app to inform users about the ban.
TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps have also been ban in the country.
The TikTok app now shows a network error alongside a notice :
“Dear users, we are in the process of complying with the Government of India’s directive to block 59 apps. Ensuring the privacy and security of all our users in India remains our utmost priority.”
The app now does not load new recommended videos, and instead shows a network error.
The block seems to be done proactively by the company, to comply with the government directives,
Very similar notice on the Tiktok website has been signed off as TikTok India Team.
The same notification was also sent to app users as a push notification.
The website has a message informing users of the ban, and notes that the developers are
‘working with the government to better understand the issue and explore a course of action.’
TikTok India head Nikhil Gandhi had earlier said that the company will meet with government authorities to discuss the issue and submit clarifications.
The ByteDance-own short video form app is claim to comply with all privacy requirements,
And that it does not share information with the Chinese government.
Other then TikTok,
The Indian government has also banned other Chinese apps including :
- UC Browser
- Baidu map
- Clash of Kings
- DU battery saver
- YouCam makeup
- Mi Community
- CM Browers
- Virus Cleaner
- APUS Browser
- Club Factory
- Beutry Plus
- UC News
- QQ Mail
- QQ Music
- QQ Newsfeed
- Bigo Live
- Mail Master
- Parallel Space
- Mi Video Call — Xiaomi
- ES File Explorer
- Viva Video — QU Video Inc
- Vigo Video
- New Video Status
- DU Recorder
- Vault- Hide
- Cache Cleaner DU App studio
- DU Cleaner
- DU Browser
- Hago Play With New Friends
- Cam Scanner
- Clean Master — Cheetah Mobile
- Wonder Camera
- Photo Wonder
- QQ Player
- We Meet
- Sweet Selfie
- Baidu Translate
- QQ International
- U Video
- QQ Launcher
- QQ Security Center
- V fly Status Video
- Mobile Legends
- DU Privacy
The government claims that these apps are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state, and public order.