Ltd. is now grappling with growing animosity from the USA government, which in May strengthened a 2019 tech export restriction that made it harder for the company to access US technology.
The central government's virtual strike of banning Chinese 59 apps has become another cause for disagreement after Beijing asked New Delhi to uphold the legitimate and legal rights of the worldwide investors including Chinese ones. This notification will now be followed up by specific instructions from the government to internet service providers to block these apps. On one of our phones, the app simply refused to load any content, suggesting that TikTok servers have been blocked completely.
"The government of India has issued an interim order for the blocking of 59 apps, including TikTok and we are in the process of complying with it", Nikhil Gandhi, Head of TikTok India, said in a statement, adding that the company has been invited to meet with government stakeholders concerned for an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications. In the quarter that would end Tuesday, the 59 apps that India has ordered to ban were installed about 330 million times, the firm said.More news: Fauci Warns Of Potential Outbreak With New Virus Related To H1N1
In its initial response to the ban TikTok India said it had not shared private information of its users with "any foreign government, including the Chinese government".
China's other big tech firms, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Baidu Inc. also had some of their most well-known apps banned.
China said on Tuesday it was concerned about New Delhi's move to ban Chinese mobile apps including TikTok and WeChat. The Chinese government has also reminded its Indian counterpart that it has a responsibility to protect business rights. "I'm afraid that a lot of overseas investors will now be reluctant or hesitant given that policy changes can be so drastic".More news: Kim Kardashian sells 20 percent stake in beauty brand to Coty
A TikTok India statement gave the impression that the ban was provisional and the IT Ministry has asked it to give "clarifications". China-based brands hold nearly 80% of the country's handset market, according to Navkendar Singh, an analyst at consultancy IDC.
However, these companies won't take as much heat as Bytedance from the growing anti-China sentiment in India because they hold such a dominant position in the market.
"I want to stress that the Chinese government always asks the Chinese businesses to abide by global rules, local laws and regulations in their business cooperation with foreign countries", he said.More news: Paul Walker's Daughter Meadow Shares Smiling Selfie With Vin Diesel's Kids