New Delhi: A day after the government banned 59 China-linked mobile apps saying they were prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and security of the country, TikTok on Tuesday said that it has been invited to meet with concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications.
The short video-sharing company said it is in the process of complying with the government’s order on blocking of the app, and asserted that it has not shared information of Indian users with any foreign government, including that of China.
“The Government of India has issued an interim order for the blocking of 59 apps, including TikTok, and we are in the process of complying with it. We have been invited to meet with concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications,” Nikhil Gandhi, Head of TikTok, India said.
TikTok added that it continues to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under the Indian law and has not shared any information of its users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese government.
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“Further, if we are requested to in the future we would not do so. We place the highest importance on user privacy and integrity,” he said.
India on Monday banned 59 apps with Chinese links, including hugely popular TikTok and UC Browser. A formal order asking phone companies to block the applications is being issued.
With seval Chinese apps included in the list, the move came amid calls to boycott Chinese apps after the violent face-off between the Indian and Chinese soldiers at Galwan valley, which led to martyrdom of 20 Indian soldiers.
The IT Ministry said it has invoked its power under section 69A of the IT Act and rules, and has decided to block 59 apps in view of information available that they are “engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.