A day after it was banned by the government along with 58 other Chinese apps, TikTok said on Tuesday that it shall continue to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law and has not shared any information of Indian users with any foreign governments, including the Chinese government.
“TikTok has democratised the internet by making it available in 14 Indian languages, with hundreds of millions of users, artists, story tellers, educators and performers depending on it for their livelihood, many of whom are first time internet users,” Tik Tok India head Nikhil Gandhi said in official statement.
The statement was released after the government of India put a ban on the use of 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) on Monday invoked its power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act to put a ban on these apps and termed their usage ‘prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order’.
— TikTok India (@TikTok_IN) June 30, 2020
TikTok was taken down from Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store on Tuesday morning. The app is not available for downloads on any official app distribution platform. However, it continues to work for people who have already downloaded and installed it on their smartphones.