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India bans TikTok after deadly military conflict, accuses app of ‘stealing’ data

India bans TikTok after deadly military conflict, accuses app of 'stealing' data

The Indian government banned TikTok, which is extremely popular in the country, for alleged privacy violations and threatening its “sovereignty.”

On Monday, the government of India announced the banning of 59 apps — including TikTok — for “[engaging] in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.” TikTok, notably, is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, and over the past year has faced accusations of violating its users’ privacy. 

While there are privacy-related reasons to be concerned about TikTok, and many other apps for that matter, this latest ban follows on the heels of a deadly border clash between Indian and Chinese military forces earlier this month that left 20 Indian soldiers dead.  Read more…

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