TikTok has been the most downloaded app globally in the past few months except for April when Zoom shot past it.
Users can download it from Google Play Store and Apple's App Store. The first app on the list, TikTok, has already been removed from the stores and can't be downloaded, although the app is still working fine for the moment.
Following the India-China skirmishes in the Galwan valley on June 15, tensions have exacerbated manifold between the two countries with Indian campaigns about boycotting Chinese products gaining rapid popularity in the mainstream.
The move mirrored growing unease about Chinese tech firms in other countries, in particular regarding telecom giant Huawei.
"Related apps have a large number of users in India, have been operating strictly in accordance with Indian laws and regulations, and provide efficient and fast services for Indian consumers, creators and entrepreneurs".
Similarly, the department of telecommunications (DoT) will ask all telecom operators and internet service providers to block these apps from their network.
Following recent clashes along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, India saw a 300 percent jump in hack attacks backed by China-supported hackers, Cyfirma, a Singapore-based cyber research firm, alleged in a recent report.
Now, it has culminated into India banning Chinese apps over "raging concerns on aspects relating to data security and safeguarding the privacy of 130 crore Indians".
Chinese brands like Xiaomi and TikTok were traced to be tracking location and incognito search histories of their users in India using illegal means such as SIM-tapping; a high level official of India's Information and Technology department told Sputnik while justifying the decision of banning the app. Another report said that TikTok's monthly active users increased by 90 per cent to 81 million by December 2019. India's atmosphere in the media biz has remained gloomy lately after Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput and TikTok star Siya Kakkar died by apparent suicide.
He said the country has always asked Chinese firms to abide by global rules and local laws as they work with foreign parties, adding that China-India cooperation is mutually beneficial and damaging this is not in India's interest. In response to the crisis, a movement has emerged to promote India as an alternative to China for Western markets and to shun Chinese goods.
But New Delhi has a trade deficit of around $50 billion with China, with India's pharmaceutical, electronics and automotive sectors hugely reliant on imports of Chinese raw materials and components. So far, it has not.
"Chinese investors are going to become very wary of investing in India".
However, the Chinese denied these concerns and claimed that the ban will instead prove counterproductive to Indian interests.