Ban on Chinese apps: How it may impact TikTok, other companies

NEW DELHI: The authorities has banned 59 Chinese apps in “a targeted move to ensure the safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace.” The IT ministry stated the apps listed, together with ByteDance’s TikTok, WeChat, and others owned by Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu and Xiaomi “engaged in activities prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.”
The transfer comes within the backdrop of present stand-off alongside the Line of Actual management (LAC) in Ladakh with Chinese troops. This marks the most important sweep in opposition to the Chinese expertise companies.
What it means for Chinese tech corporations
The ban considerably narrows a prime progress marketplace for Chinese expertise corporations and may embolden other governments to close them out.
For Beijing-based ByteDance, India has been the most important driver of TikTok installs, accounting for 611 million downloads, or 30% of the full, in response to SensorTower. Cutting off new customers, and current ones as they attempt to set up updates, will sting its mooted valuation of $110 billion.

The firm faces an analogous backlash within the United States the place lawmakers are additionally suspicious about Beijing’s entry to client knowledge.
Slippery street forward for startups?
The blacklist excludes the nation’s most beneficial startups, together with the $16 billion funds large Paytm, backed by Ant Financial, in addition to schooling star Byju’s, which counts Tencent as an investor.
In whole, 18 of India’s 30 unicorns have Chinese funding, Gateway House, a Mumbai-based think-tank reckons. But new funding guidelines and rising anti-China sentiment may gradual the general movement of capital from the People’s Republic and that may damage progress.

Will banning apps be straightforward?
Digital and expertise specialists say that it can be troublesome to execute the ban on 59 Chinese apps as it would require web service suppliers to blacklist each host title and area title related to these apps.
It would additionally require Google and Apple to take away these apps from their shops, which may expose customers to unofficial variations of the apps.

Experts defined that expertise companies add the official model of their apps on the App Store (Apple) and Play Store (Google), however even when functions are taken down from these platforms, customers can nonetheless obtain their unofficial variations from the net.
This poses further safety threats since companies don’t roll out updates for the unofficial variations of the apps. Updates typically repair vulnerabilities, which in any other case might be exploited by hackers and cyber criminals.
What TikTok has to say
TikTok on Tuesday stated it is within the technique of complying with the federal government’s order on blocking of the app, and asserted that it has not shared data of Indian customers with any international authorities, together with that of China.

The app has been taken down from Google Play retailer and Apple App retailer.
(With company inputs)

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