TikTok ban now being enforced as it stops working on Jio and Airtel 4G
Rounak Jain / Business Insider India
TikTok banis now being enforced in India as it has stopped working on Jio and Airtel 4G, two of the company’s largest telecom providers with nearly 700 million subscribers.
- The ban enforcement comes in less than a day since the Indian government made an announcement banning 59 Chinese apps.
- These 59 Chinese apps include TikTok, UC Browser, ShareIt, Club Factory and others.
We tested TikTok on Jio 4G as well as Airtel 4G networks. On one of our phones, the app simply refused to load any content, suggesting that TikTok servers have been blocked completely. However, on the other phone, the app showed a notice, and after dismissing it, the content loaded just fine.
Here’s what the notice says, “Dear users, we are in the process of complying with the Government of India’s directive to block 59 apps. Ensuring the privacy and security of all of our users in India remains our utmost priority.”
Interestingly enough, we also noticed that TikTok worked when connected to a Wi-Fi network. However, it stopped working after some time. It is likely that the ban is still being enforced in stages, and that it might take a while before TikTok stops working for everyone.
TikTok, ShareIt, UC Browser, Club Factory are among the 59 Chinese apps banned by the Indian government, as tensions between both the countries escalate.
"The Ministry of Information Technology, invoking its power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59 apps,” the government said in its official notification.
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