TikTok Banned in India



MK Digital Line
TikTok distanced itself from Beijing after India banned 59 Chinese apps in the country, In a letter to the Government dated June 28th TikTok Chief Executive Kevin Mayer said the Chinese government has never requested user data, nor would the company turn it over if asked. 

TikTok, which is not available in China, is owned by China's ByteDance but has sought to distance itself from its Chinese roots to appeal to a global audience.

Along with 58 other Chinese apps, including Tencent Holdings' WeChat and Alibaba Group's UC Browser, it was banned in the country this week following a border clash with China.

"I can confirm that the Chinese government has never made a request to us for the TikTok data of Indian users," Mayer wrote, adding that data for Indian users is stored in servers in Singapore. "If we do ever receive such a request in the future, we would not comply."

The ban, which upset country's growing legion of TikTok stars, has also given a lift to local rivals such as Roposo, which added 2.2 crore new users in the 48 hours after the ban took effect.

TikTok has committed to spend $1 billion in the region. Since its launch in 2017, it has become one of the fastest- growing social media apps. India is its largest market by user, followed by the United States.

"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."

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