India has banned TikTok, WeChat, and other China-based apps

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India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has banned TikTok, WeChat, and several dozen other China-based apps it views as “engaged in activities … prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India,” according to India Today. A total of 59 apps are on the banned list.

India is a huge market for TikTok, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance. According to SensorTower data from April, 30 percent of TikTok’s 2 billion downloads came from India. Messaging app WeChat, owned by Chinese internet company Tencent, has more than 1 billion users worldwide.

TikTok and WeChat did not immediately reply to requests for comment Monday.

It’s not the first time India has banned TikTok. Last year, the government instructed Google…

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