Indian political organisation calls for TikTok ban

Chinese social media platform TikTok continues to face heat in India as now Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), a political and cultural organisation has expressed concerns over data sharing of the app.

SJM has requested Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ban the app. SJM is the branch of Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh (RSS) which is affiliated to India’s ruling political party BJP.

Earlier, two Indian Parliamentarians Pinaki Mishra, the Biju Janata Dal MP from Puri, and Jayadev Galla of the Telugu Desam Party representing the Guntur constituency, raised concerns in Parliament about Chinese startup Byte-Dance, which is the parent of Tik-Tok and regional language social networking app Helo.

SJM in a letter stated: “India does not have any regulations to ensure that applications provided on the play store are monitored and illicit activity is prevented. To prevent such applications from operating in India, we would humbly request the creation of a new law that requires testing and regulation to protect our national security as well as the privacy of Indian users from countries with inimical interests to India,”

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