New Delhi: A day after the Indian government banned 59 Chinese apps including the hugely popular TikTok, the app has stopped working for users who already had the app downloaded on their devices. TikTok is now completely inoperable, on both iOS and Android devices. Also Read - Apps Ban: Citizens Rush to Download Chingari, A Desi Alternative to Chinese TikTok; Hits 25 Lakh Downloads
It is believed that telecom operators and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in India have started blocking access to TikTok app servers, however, there is no confirmation as yet. Some also believe that TikTok might have blocked its content on its own until the matter resolves.
Many users took to Twitter to post screenshots of being unable to use the TikTok app and wrote that the app now shows error messages such as “Network error” and “No internet connection”. The official TikTok website is also no longer available to users in India and the website redirects to the tiktok.com/notfound page which shows the same message.
While many were thrilled with the development, some avid users lamented that ‘it’s an end of an era!’ Check out the posts:
Users who were trying to access the app were greeted with the following message: “On June 29, 2020, the Govt. of India decided to block 59 apps, including TikTok. We are in the process of complying with the Government of India’s directive and also working with the government to better understand the issue and explore a course of action. Ensuring the privacy and security of all our users in India remains our utmost priority.”
Earlier today, TikTok was removed from Google Play Store and Apple App Store, however, users who still had the app installed on their phones could use it for a brief period of time.
Why the ban?
Amid the recent border tension between India and China in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley, the government in a retaliatory move on Monday, banned TikTok along with 58 other Chinese apps to ensure safety, security, defense, sovereignty, and integrity of the country. The government also said these applications threaten the defence of the country, the security of the state and public order.
The banned mobile applications with their origin in China include TikTok, SHAREit, UC Browser, WeChat, UC News, Weibo and Xender, among others.
Notably, TikTok is a Chinese video-sharing social networking service, which is owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based internet technology company that founded in 2012 by Zhang Yiming. The app had nearly 119 million active users in India and was among the top 10 apps on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
Responding to the ban, TikTok India issued a statement on Tuesday morning asserting that it is in process of complying with the Centre’s order. In a tweet, TikTok India wrote, ”TikTok continues to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law and has not shared any information of our users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese government.”
How will it affect Indians:
The removal of this app will severely affect many lives as it is said to be the only source of income for many users across the country. Not only that, but it was also the most recognized platform where people could showcase their talent and creativity. Especially popular in small towns, it empowered everyone to be content creators, just from their smartphones.
However, that said, it was also notorious for its sexist, inappropriate and cringeworthy content and many had rallied for its ban.
Other banned Chinese apps such as UC News and others have offices and employees in India, which can adversely impact scores of Indian employees whose jobs could be at stake.