India took major step to ban Chinese apps, US shouldn’t trust them either

India took major step to ban Chinese apps, US shouldn’t trust them either
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Members of the US Congress have written a strongly worded letter to US President Donald Trump praising India’s decision to ban 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok and saying US shouldn’t trust them either. In the letter, the US Congress members have said, “In June, India took an extraordinary step of banning Chinese affiliated-apps, including TikTok, due to national security concerns. CCP’s systemic campaign to collect and illicitly transmit user data to Chinese govt is not unique to Indian consumers.”

“US shouldn’t trust TikTok or other Chinese-affiliated social media websites/apps to protect Americans’ data, privacy or security. We urge you to take strong action to stop CCP’s sophisticated espionage campaign against our country and protect our national security,” said the US Congress members. The letter has been signed by 25 US Congress members.

Meanwhile, a US Senate committee is likely to vote next week on a bill from Republican Senator Josh Hawley that would ban federal employees from using social media app TikTok on government-issued devices. The White House indicated on Wednesday that a decision on Chinese mobile applications, including TikTok, could be taken within weeks and not months.

“I do not think there is any self-imposed deadline for action, but I think we are looking at weeks, not months,” White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said. Following the Galwan Valley clash in Ladakh, in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a fight with Chinese troops, the Indian government decided to ban 59 Chinese apps, including the massively popular TikTok.

The 59 Chinese apps banned by the government have now been taken down from Google Play Store and Apple App Store in India, blocking their access to mobile phone users in the country. Chinese apps removed from Play Store and App Store include UC Browser, SHAREit, WeChat, CamScanner, and Mi Community. TikTok app has gone offline and stopped working completely for users in India.
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