TikTok, Helo disappear from PlayStore and App Store

The users who have the TikTok or Helo app on their mobile phone can still use them.

By Author  |  Published: 30th Jun 2020  1:28 pm

Hyderabad: TikTok and Helo, both owned by Chinese content giant ByteDance, were removed from both Google PlayStore and Apple App Store on Tuesday. Just a day before, the Union Government issued a note listing out 59 apps including Tiktok and Helo that were banned for use in India citing data security.

There was no official communication from Google or Apple on the removal form their respective stores. However, the users who have the TikTok or Helo app on their mobile phone can still use them.

TikTok had nearly 119 million active users in India and was among the top 10 apps on Google Playstore and Apple App store.

“The Government of India has issued an interim order for the blocking of59 apps, including TikTok, and we are in the process of complying with it. We have been invited to meet with concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications,” Nikhil Gandhi, Head of TikTok, India said. TikTok added that it continues to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under the Indian law and has not shared any information of its users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese government.

While Helo; a vernacular social networking platform, which has millions of users in India also is in the process of complying with the government order.

However, other banned apps like Alibaba Group’s UC Browser and UC News, Xiaomi’s Mi community, Tencent-owned WeChat, e-commerce platform Club Factory and document scanning app CamScanner were still available on the platforms for download. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has issued a list of 59 Chinese Apps that are now banned in the country.

“There is credible information that these apps are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order,”read a MeitY statement.

(Inputs taken from IANS)

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