INDIA-CHINA: Government of India bans 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok. pic.twitter.com/O3PoVja0WK— Norbert Elekes (@NorbertElekes) June 29, 2020
In a statement it said the apps were "detrimental to India 's sovereignty and integrity, India's defense, state security and public order." There were a total of 59 different apps banned-including popular WeChat messaging app.
It follows weeks of escalating tensions between the two countries along the disputed frontier.
In June both India and China deployed more troops to the Ladakh region, leaving at least 20 Indian troops dead in minor clashes. Satellite images also seem to show that China has built new structures overlooking the border area of the Himalayas.
India's Information Technology Ministry said it banned the 59 Chinese apps after receiving "many complaints from different sources" about apps that "unauthorizedly steal and suddenly transmit user data."
"Compiling these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to India's national security and defense, which ultimately impedes India's sovereignty and integrity, is a matter of deep and immediate concern that requires emergency action," the ministry said.
ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, is headquartered in Beijing and the app became popular in the Chinese market for the first time, before it spread worldwide.
It has faced accusations of links to the Chinese state and sending user data to China as it grew in popularity. Many of its strongest critics are in the U.S., including some U.S. senators who have called for an inquiry into the firm.