Last month, India’s ministry of electronics and information technology banned 47 apps, which were variants and cloned copies of the 59 apps banned earlier in June. The banned clones include TikTok Lite, Helo Lite, SHAREit Lite, BIGO LIVE Lite and VFY Lite.
China and the US are as loggerheads on a variety of issues including Hong Kong national security law, the South China Sea, coronavirus and trade.
On Monday, China said, “The US has been using national security as an excuse to bring down non-American companies”.
US politicians have repeatedly criticized TikTok, owned by Beijing-based startup ByteDance, of being a threat to national security , because it is tied with Chinese Communist Party.
Chinese Foreign Ministry, said, “TikTok has met almost all US demands, but still cannot be spared. Such bullying practice deviates from international trade rules and fair competition. It will also hurt US’ own interests.”
The new order came after an earlier executive order was signed by Trump. The previous order could have forced US-based app stores to stop didtributing the TikTok app if ByteDance did not reach a deal to divest from it in 45 days. Under the latest order, ByteDance is expected to destroy all its copies of TikTok data attached to American users.
US Presidential Donald Trump issued an executive order on August 14, requiring ByteDance to divest its interests in video-sharing app TikTok’s operations in the US within 90 days.
The US President said that, “There is credible evidence that leads me to believe that ByteDance, might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States.”
Earlier this month, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said that the Trump administration is working hard to protect Americans from the threats of untrusted vendors, such as TikTok and WeChat, which it wants to remove from US app stores like those operated by Apple and Google.