India bans 59 mostly Chinese apps including TikTok, UC Browser, WeChat

FILE PHOTO: Person holds a smartphone with Tik Tok logo displayed in this picture illustration
FILE PHOTO: A person holds a smartphone with Tik Tok logo displayed in this picture illustration taken November 7, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

June 29, 2020

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has banned 59, mostly Chinese, mobile apps including Bytedance’s TikTok, Alibaba’s UC Browser and Tencent’s WeChat citing security concerns, the government said in a statement on Monday.

The apps are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”, the ministry of information technology said.

The ban comes after a deadly border conflict between the two nuclear-armed nations earlier this month in which 20 Indian soldiers have died.

(Reporting by Aditi Shah and Sankalp Phartiyal; Editing by Alison Williams)