GOI BANS 59 CHINESE APPS, INCLUDING TIKTOK AND SHEIN - What does this mean?
On the 29th of June, 2020, the Government of India banned 59 applications, most of them being Chinese including the very popular apps TikTok, Shareit, Shein and Clash of Kings. This has received mixed reactions from the Indian crowd, a few being ecstatic on the ban of TikTok after the entire rating decline, but condemning the ban on apps like Shein, Shareit and UC browser, as they’ve been found to be really popular amongst the youth.
This extreme measure was taken in light of the recent tensions in the Indo-China region. But, in retrospect, this does promote homegrown startups such as Mitron and Chingari and hence proves to be beneficial for India as a whole. Coming to TikTok specifically though, there were many events which indicated that it might be leading to this. A petition was filed earlier in April to ban TikTok on the charges that it was promoting explicit content and was not coming off as a healthy influence on teenagers and affected their mental health immensely. This also comes during the time when Indian TikTok star Siya Kakkar took a drastic measure and ended her life.
This app had also been removed from Google Play Store and the Apple App Store which followed the ban on downloading this app by the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court. Now the app has been completely banned citing ‘national security reasons.’ Coming to the advantages and disadvantages of this decision, it will leave China’s GDP and Economy relatively unharmed as most of the brunt will be taken upon by the consumers and developers. China meanwhile, has released a statement saying that it is ‘deeply concerned’ over this action. Reporter - Kruthika Senthil Kumar