What does TikTok CEO have to say after the app got banned in India?

Indian government banned 59 apps on 29th June 2020 including TikTok, Helo and WeChat. This news has spread around like a wildfire not only in India but in every part of the world. TikTok has around 200 million users from India including many creators who were solely dependent on it to spread their message to the audience. 

Reason:

This is the first occasion when India, the world’s second biggest web showcase with about portion of its 1.3 billion populace on the web, has requested to boycott such a large number of outside applications. Authorities said the country’s Computer Emergency Response Team had gotten numerous portrayals from residents with respect to security of information and break of protection affecting upon open request issues.

The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India they said. Officials also said that they had received many complaints from various sources, including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India.

Loss due to the ban: 

As indicated by a report distributed by China’s state-run media The Global Times, ByteDance – the parent organization of the TikTok and Helo applications could lose up to $6 billion( ₹45k crore) after the Indian government’s choice to boycott them referring to worries about protection and national security of the nation. This definitely is a huge loss for the company, creators and also the employees who worked at these companies. 

Statement:

The CEO of TikTok, Kevin Mayer, recently shared a statement to the company’s employees in India after the ban. 

At TikTok, our efforts are guided by our commitment to democratizing the internet. To a large extent, we believe we have been successful in this effort. Our platform has encountered an unfortunate challenge in India. However, we stay resolved and committed to our mission, and are working with stakeholders to address their concerns. TikTok continues to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law and places the highest importance on user privacy and integrity.”, he said. 

He mentioned the creators stating, “Our creator community is what defines us and we take pride in the diversity of the creators on our platform. These are unprecedented times but we remain committed to supporting the welfare of our TikTok creator community till this interim order is in effect. Our creator managers are actively engaging with our top creators to reassure them of our efforts and updates about path forward.
Furthermore, he also mentioned the employees stating, “Our employees are our biggest strength, and their well-being is our topmost priority. We have also assured more than 2,000 strong workforce that we will do everything in our power to restore the positive experiences and opportunities that they can be proud of.

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