A few days ago TikTok was made unavailable to mobile users in India. And the company owned by ByteDance has been accused of sharing Indian user data with China. But TikTok has reportedly attempted to distance itself from being a Chinese brand, and to position itself as a global firm. It also mentioned that even if China were asking for data, they would never hand it over to them.
Kevin Mayer Chief Executive Officer, TikTok also highlighted in his letter to the Indian government that China has never asked for user data. He noted that Indian user data is stored on Singapore servers. “I can confirm that the Chinese Government has never applied to us for Indian users’ TikTok data.
And it seems TikTok is raising strong voice highlighting its efforts to develop organically in India. The company has also talked about employing people in the country, and localising its platform to cater to wide range of consumers. “The privacy of our users, and the security and sovereignty of India, are of utmost importance to us,” Mayer wrote. “We have already announced our plans to build a data centre in India.”
TikTok and 58 Chinese apps banned in India
Around 59 apps originating in China were banned by the Indian government. There are some rather popular apps on the list of 59. And TikTok is among the biggest names that have been added to the list. UC Browser, WeChat, Shein, WeChat, Shareit, Cam Scanner and Mobile Legends are other popular ones. Intelligence sources quoted in multiple reports indicate that the apps violated usage terms, user privacy, and spyware use.
Since then we have seen exponential growth in demand for India-based social media apps. You’ve got brands like Chingari, Roposo that claim to be an alternative to TikTok.