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US support India’s Digital Strike On China

As india banned 59 chinese apps including Tiktok and UC browser,  support in US for India gaining voice. Many prominent lawmakers have urged the US government to follow indian path as it is believed that the short video-sharing app like Tiktok is a major security risk to the country.

List of complete Chinese app Banned By Indian Government is.

  1. Tiktok
  2. UC Browser
  3. Shareit
  4. kwai
  5. Baidu Map
  6. Shein
  7. Clash of Kings
  8. DU Battery saver
  9. Helo
  10. Likee
  11. YouCam Maker
  12. MI community
  13. CM browser
  14. Virus Cleaner
  15. APUS browser
  16. ROMWE
  17. CLUB factory
  18. News dog
  19. Beauty Plus
  20. We Chat
  21. UC news
  22. QQ mail
  23. Weibo
  24. Xender
  25. QQ music
  26. QQ news feed
  27. BIGO live
  28. Selfie City
  29. Mail Master
  30. Parallel Space
  31. MI video call
  32. WeSync
  33. ES  file explorar
  34. Viva Video
  35. MeItu 
  36. Vigo video
  37. New video status
  38. DU recorder
  39. Vault-hide
  40. Cache cleanes DU App studio
  41. DU cleaner
  42. DU browser
  43. Hago play
  44. Cam Scaner
  45. Clean master
  46. Wonder camera
  47. Photo wonder
  48. QQ Player
  49. We Meet
  50. Sweet Selfie
  51. Baidu Translate
  52. Vmate
  53. QQ International 
  54. QQ security center
  55. QQ Launcher
  56. U Video
  57. V fly status video
  58. Mobile Legends
  59. DU Privacy 

India on Monday banned 59 apps with Chinese links, including TikTok and UC Browser, stating they were prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and security of the country.

Ban on chinese app’s came in respose of India’s current stand-off along the Line of Actual control in Ladakh with Chinese troops following a deadly clash.

India lost its 20 soldiers and china lost more then 40 chinese soldiers in a deadly clash planned by chinese army at LAC.

“India bans TikTok and dozens of other Chinese apps in the wake of deadly clash,” Republican Senator John Cornyn said in a tweet as he  tagged a news report in The Washington Post.

Another republican Congressman Rick Crawford also tweeted that “TikTok must go and it should have been gone yesterday.”

US National Security Advisor, Robert O’Brien had alleged that the Chinese Government is using TikTok for its own purposes.

“On TikTok, a Chinese-owned social media platform with over 40 million American users, probably a lot of your kids, and younger colleagues, accounts criticising the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) and Beijing’s policies are routinely removed or deleted,” O’Brien said in his public remarks.

“Would that be the same Chinese TikTok that was used to tank attendance at the Tulsa Rally?” tweeted Peter Navarro, Assistant to the US President for Trade and Manufacturing Policy..

Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham urged the US to do the same. “LEADING THE WAY, WHERE’S THE U.S.? India bans dozens of Chinese apps including TikTok” she said in a tweet.

Gordon Chang said that India just banned 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok. “Why can’t the US do the same?” he asked.

According to Forbes, with the release of the new clipboard warning in the beta version of iOS 14, TikTok seems to have been caught abusing the clipboard in a quite extraordinary way.

“According to indian media reports TikTok didn’t stop this invasive practice back in April as promised to the government,” it said. Indian government also raised the issue for its indian server but till they are still using their chinese server to store public data which comes under directly to chinese government. 

An amendment moved to the “Moving Forward Act” in the US House of Representatives being debated this week prohibits officers of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) using the TikTok cellphone app.

Republican Senator Joshua David Hawley, introduced a legislation in April prohibiting federal employees from using the social media video application TikTok on government-issued devices.

“This is a necessary step to protect the security of the US,” he said. A similar legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Ken Buck.

“TikTok is owned by a Chinese company that includes Chinese Community Party members in leadership and it is required under Chinese law to share user data with Beijing,” said Senator Hawley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, during a recent Congressional hearing.

“TikTok has admitted that it has sent user data to China. To put it bluntly, this is a major security risk for the American people,” Hawley said.

“What kind of data is TikTok collecting as it runs on our phones? A heck of a lot more than you would think. Images, of course, that users post. But TikTok also collects information about the messages that you send, about the apps that you use–the other apps on your phone,” he said.

“It collects the sites that you visit. It collects your search history. It collects your keystrokes. It collects your location data. It stores all of this and maybe lots, lots more. And I can tell you, as the father of two small children who already have many of their friends on social media even though they’re quite young, I find this absolutely horrifying. And we know that it’s a national security risk,” Howley said.

Clyde Wallace, deputy assistant director of the Cyber Division at the FBI, where he oversees Cyber Division Operations and the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force, TikTok is one example of an application that the average citizen doesn’t understand the implications of what’s behind it and what data can flow from an application like that’s basically controlled by a state sponsored actor.

“I think that lends into the bigger threat that China poses today in that it’s a holistic society approach to the United States. It’s not just the TikTok application. It’s the data warehouses that store that data. Whether they be here in the United States, owned by the Chinese, or within the Chinese borders themselves where that information is stored,” Wallace said.

In a statement on Tuesday, TikTok India Head Nikhil Gandhi said the company, which has some 200 million subscribers in India, has not shared any information of its users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese government, and that it places the highest importance on user privacy and integrity.

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