India has banned TikTok, WeChat and other Chinese Apps
India’s decision to ban 59 Chinese mobile applications, including ByteDance’s TikTok and Tencent’s WeChat, became a trending topic on social media apps in China on Tuesday morning.
A statement issued by India’s information technology ministry said on Monday the 59 apps have been blocked “since in view of the information available, they are engaged in activities prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.
Most popular Indian content creators on the platform have since urged their followers to “remain connected” and to follow them on other platforms like Instagram and YouTube where they have a presence.
A few hours after the announcement was made, many TikTok content creators updated their bio to share their handles on Instagram and YouTube. While some said they were already sharing their TikTok videos on other platforms and were using the app to create videos, others said they have started new pages to keep in touch with followers.
Many posted farewell videos on the platform, thanking fans for their “love and support”. Some said they agreed with the government’s move and will delete their account from the app. The hashtags #TikTokban and #ByeTikTok featured in many videos whose creators said would be their last one on the platform
Celebrities such as Shilpa Shetty, Neha Kakkar, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Riteish Deshkmukh and Jacqueline Fernandez haven’t reacted to the ban yet however fans are calling on them to pull their content from the platform to set an example.
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