The consequences of the open political front between China and India in recent months are also reflected in technology. In a new move by the Indian government, they have just banned the use of a total of 59 Chinese-based applications. Among them are particularly popular apps such as TikTok or WeChat, which are losing access to the huge market of India.
In an official statement from the Indian government, they indicate that the applications are detrimental to India’s sovereignty and integrity. In the complete list, apart from TikTok or WeChat, there are also other large applications that often have an echo in the West such as Clash of Kings, Weibo, QQ or Baidu. Also on the My Community list, Xiaomi’s app is out as the best-selling manufacturer in India.
Tensions between China and India have increased in recent weeks after several incidents at the border between the two countries. This is the first time that a market as big as India’s (second in the world with 1.3 billion users online) orders a blockade of so many apps at the same time.
At the beginning of this month an application began to circulate among Indian users. It was ‘Remove China Apps‘ and its name made it very clear what it was about. The app scanned for Chinese apps on the phone to warn the user if they had any installed. Eventually Google removed it from the Google Play Store.
One of the first apps to suffer these repercussions is TikTok. Sensor Tower showed in April this year that of the more than two billion downloads of the app worldwide, some 661 million came from India, representing 30% of its market. According to ByteDance, without the Indian market, the short video platform expects financial losses of around 500,000 dollars a day. In addition, they say that more than 250 jobs are at risk in China.
Be that as it may, this is not the first time TikTok has been eliminated in India. The app was removed from Apple and Google stores in April because of concerns about pornography on the platform. A week later it returned to the app stores of both platforms.