Video sharing app Tiktok Closed in the country on Tuesday. It has also been removed from Google Play Store and Apple App Store in the country. The government on Monday banned 59 Chinese apps, including TicketLock. Apart from Ticketlock, no immediate information about the current status of the banned app has been available. According to some users, they were able to use TicketLock for some time on Tuesday. Tiktok had around 200 million users in the country.
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A message is visible to everyone upon opening TicketLock. It is written in the message, ‘Dear users, we are in the process of following the restrictions on 59 apps of the Government of India. The privacy and data security of all our users is our top priority in India. Ticketcock’s website in the country has also closed. Tiktok provides employment to around 2,000 people in the country. In addition to the Bittdance company’s Ticketock app, UC Browser owned by e-commerce group Alibaba, UC News App, WeChat of Tencent Holdings and Baidu Inc’s map and translation platform are also banned.
This ban imposed in India will shock China’s Internet companies, because India is the fastest growing mobile market in the world. Blaze Fernandes, director of policy research group Gateway House, says that there are four major types of Chinese apps operating in the country. These apps are associated with economic activities, service, beauty and strategic sectors. He said that the world is eyeing ‘Digital India’. Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent are part of China’s ‘digital silk route’. The ban on these 59 apps in India will adversely affect their market valuation and promoters.
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He said that the initial public offering (IPO) of TicketLock is also proposed. 30 percent of the company’s active users come from India, so the market valuation of the company will be adversely affected. Nikhil Gandhi, the head of Tick Talk in India, said in a statement, ‘The Government of India has issued an interim order to discontinue 59 apps including Tick Talk. We are following this order. We have been invited to give our feedback and clarification to the concerned government parties.
At the same time, other app Hello by the Bite Dance Group said that it is working closely with all the stakeholders to give clarification. She insisted that she strictly follows all the rules of the country. Meanwhile, Roposo, a similar app developed in India, said that after the ban, many Ticketock users have come on its platform. It also has people who have been very influential on Tiktok. The company claims that its number of users is more than 6.5 crore. On Tuesday, small traders’ organization CAT also wrote a letter to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal to investigate China’s investments in various Indian startup companies.
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