Popular Chinese Social media app Tik Tok on Tuesday morning said that it is in the process of complying with what it described as the government’s “interim order” to block its app. The company further stated that they have been invited to meet government stakeholders for a possibility to “respond and submit clarifications.”
The government on Monday evening ordered the banning of apps linked with China. The government-backed their banning order by describing it as necessary to protect the security of Indian users. The Indian government termed the banning of Chinese apps as prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity, defence of the country.
Tik Tok Banning, ‘We Are In The Process Of Complying With It’: Chinese Firms
On Tuesday morning, the TikTok app had been removed from the Google Play Store and the Apple Store. The Chinese company’s statement appears to hint that the two Silicon Valley companies did not remove the app from their app stores, but that it was pulled down by TikTok itself.
“The government of India has issued an interim order for blocking of 59 apps, including TikTok and we are in the process of complying with it,” the Chinese firm said.
“We have been invited to meet with concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications. TikTok continues to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law. It has not shared any information of our users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese government,” its statement added.
The Government earlier said that the IT Ministry received many complaints from various sources. Complaints also reported misusage of some mobile apps that are available on Android and iOS platforms. These apps are accused of stealing the Indian users’ data illegally to servers located outside India.
Ramdas Athawale, Union Minister in his tweet said that China gets profit due to Tik Tok in crores from India. He further requested humbly from Indian users to stop using Tik Tok.
The press release declared the misusage of Indian users data as a concern.
“The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures,” the press release said.