India banned wildly popular Chinese video-sharing app TikTok and 58 others on Monday after a border clash between troops from both countries left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead this month.
The apps, which range from gaming to music streaming and social media, are “prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order,” India’s Ministry of Information Technology said in a statement .
Reacting to the ban, TikTok said in a statement;
Building empowered local management teams in the countries where TikTok operates, including India, has been critical to our global success.
“While the Government of India has issued an interim order to block 59 apps, our team of around 2,000 employees in India is committed to working with the government to demonstrate our dedication to user security and our commitment to the country overall.
“We are proud to provide hundreds of millions of users in India – and around the world – a creative platform for their stories, performances, education, and, often, a way to make their livelihood.”