Social media app TikTok distanced itself from Beijing after India banned 59 Chinese apps in the country, according to a correspondence seen by Reuters.In a letter to the Indian government dated June 28th and seen by Reuters on Friday, TikTok Chief Executive Kevin Mayer said the Chinese government has never requested user data, nor would the company turn it over if asked.TikTok, which is not available in China, is owned by China’s ByteDance but has sought to distance itself from its Chinese roots to appeal to a global audience.
The letter was sent ahead of a likely meeting next week between the company and the government, one source familiar with the matter told Reuters.One Indian government source told Reuters this week the ban was unlikely to be revoked soon. Lawyers have said a legal challenge was unlikely to be successful, given India has cited national security concerns for the ban.The ban, which upset India’s growing legion of TikTok stars, has also given a lift to local rivals such as Roposo, which added 22 million new users in the 48 hours after the ban took effect.
TikTok has committed to spend $1 billion in the region. Since its launch in 2017, it has become one of the fastest- growing social media apps. India is its largest market by user, followed by the United States.In the letter, Mayer played up the company’s investment in the region, highlighting more than 3,500 direct and indirect employees and content available in 14 languages.Aukha janta da aa dekho ki boli jandi apne niji hisse bare sreer de ke eh video viral ho gea facebook te youtube te.Along with 58 other Chinese apps, including Tencent Holdings Ltd’s(0700.HK) WeChat and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s (BABA.N) UC Browser, it was banned in India this week following a border clash with China.