According to a report by Reuters, after India bans 59 Chinese apps in the country, social media app, TikTok dissociates itself from Beijing. Kevin Mayer, TikTok Chief Executive stated in a letter to the Indian government dated June 28 and on Friday seen by Reuters that the government of China has never asked user data, as well as the company, is not going to reversing the situation if demanded.
Moreover, social media app TikTok which is not accessible in China is developed by China’s ByteDance. However, been making an effort to make a distance itself from its Chinese roots to attract the audience all over the world. Besides this, due to the border conflict with China, the Indian government this week bans 58 other applications such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s UC Browser and Tencent Holdings Ltd’s WeChat.
A TikTok spokesperson stated in a statement,
“There have been statements in the press concerning the possibility that TikTok might pursue legal action regarding the directive by the Government of India. We have no plans to pursue such action.”
However, according to Mayer,
“Let me affirm that the government of China has never asked for the TikTok data of Indian users.” He further said that we used servers in Singapore to keep the data of the Indian users, “In the future, in case we do ever get such demand, we would not accept it.”
ByteDance as well as UC Browser, Alibaba and Tencent reportedly have considered a legal action internally, but later in a statement, the company refused all the reports and stated that it respects the regulations of the Indian government.
The spokesperson further added,
“We set an objective in functioning with the government to address its concerns. We follow the standards and norms of the Indian government. We also make sure that the data sovereignty, security and privacy of our users has always been and will continue to be a top priority for us.”
This happens the next day when all the apps including TikTok, UC Browser, and Shareit are deleted from the App Store and Google Play Store.
According to Google’s statement about the removal of Chinese applications form the Play Store,
“While we keep examining the interim measures from the Indian government, we have informed the impacted developers and have blocked the availability of the apps for some time that continues to be available on the Play Store in India.”
Earlier, CEO Kevin Mayer stated in a meeting with the TikTok workers in India that this ban is an “unfortunate challenge in India.”
According to Mayer,
“These are unprecedented times but we remain committed to supporting the welfare of our TikTok creator community till this interim order is in effect. Our creator managers are actively engaging with our top creators to reassure them of our efforts and updates about the path forward.”
The Indian government bans 59 Chinese applications the next day after the violent clashes between China and India at the Galway Valley. Additionally, while it was obvious that the conflict at the valley is the reason behind the ban, however, the government of India reported that the move to ban Chinese apps is due to their security reasons because TikTok with the other 58 apps was involved in “operations which are injurious to the rules and regulations of India, the security of the state and public order, and defence of India.”