Amidst the tension on Indo – China border, the Indian goernment with its exercise of coercive diplomacy with China has, for now, picked up a low-denomination item – mobile apps, given their limited impact on Indian businesses but one that has a disproportionately large presence in the mass consumer segment.

The ban has been imposed under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009, it said. The government also cited complaints about data on Indian users being transferred abroad without authorisation.

Ban on 59 apps has been done effecting the China app market which was growing. The TikTok app can not be downloaded anymore on either Apple’s App Store or Google Play store, but the app is still working for people who have it on their phones, for now. Some TikTok influencers have therefore made videos to teach users about how to use Instagram as they’re set to switch platforms.

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