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India blocks TicTok, WeChat, dozens of other Chinese apps

India blocks TicTok, WeChat, dozens of other Chinese apps

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June 29 (UPI) -- Citing cybersecurity concerns, India blocked Internet access to 59 apps originating in China, including TikTok, WeChat and other entertainment and messaging applications, the government said Monday. The apps on iOs and Android platforms are suspected of stealing data and violating privacy of Indian users, the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information said in a statement. The apps "are prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India, [the] defense of India and the security of state and public order," the ministry said. Advertisement TikTok, owned by ByteDance, pairs music with short videos. The app is popular with Indian users, who have downloaded 611 million TikTok installations, or about 30 percent of the 2 billion total worldwide, according to marketing websi...