TikTok was considered one of 59 apps, together with Chinese messaging platform WeChat and cell browser UC Browser, banned by the Indian authorities Monday for posing a “threat to sovereignty and integrity.”
The transfer follows a border conflict between India and China earlier this month that left a minimum of 20 Indian troopers useless.
In an interview with India TV, actress Ashnoor Kaur, who has 3.2 million followers on TikTok, celebrated the federal government’s transfer saying it offered a possibility for India to develop into self-sufficient and use homegrown apps.
“I am really happy with this decision and I’m totally in support of it,” she stated, including, “your country comes first.”
Other celebrities urged the general public to indicate empathy for TikTok creators.
“The fact that Tik-tokers have millions of fans is because people consume that content. You too have silently watched their videos, laughed with some, laughed at many. Forwarded those videos to your friends. These creators too are fellow Indians. … Today you are celebrating the downfall of all those who had build a brand for themselves by sheer hard work, without any GODFATHER. So next time when you ridicule anyone just ask yourself what would you do if you woke up to the news that your business doesn’t exist anymore.”
The firm denied sharing person info “with any foreign government, including the Chinese Government. Further if we are requested to in the future we would not do so.”
It stays unclear how the ban will likely be enforced and the way lengthy it may final.
TikTok has quite a bit to lose on the planet’s second-most populous nation. India has been the most important driver of recent TikTok downloads, producing near 660 million installs since its launch in 2017, in keeping with analytics agency Sensor Tower.
The app has just lately exploded in reputation world wide. It was downloaded 315 million instances from January by means of March, in keeping with Sensor Tower — an quantity that the analytics firm says topped another app ever for a single quarter. TikTok now has greater than 2 billion downloads total, greater than doubling its whole from a yr in the past.