India Bans TikTok

TikTok is one of 59 apps to have been banned in India following the death of 20 Indian soldiers in a border dispute with China earlier this month.

The Chinese app TikTok, owned by Bytedance, joins Alibaba's UC Browser and Tencent's WeChat, among other apps, to have been banned by the Indian government on Monday who cited security concerns.

The ban on the mostly Chinese apps comes after a deadly border conflict between nuclear-armed neighbours India and China which saw 20 Indian soldiers lose their lives during hand-to-hand combat.

In a statement, India's ministry of information technology said the apps are 'prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.