Updated: July 2, 2020 1:22:57 pm
Three days after India blocked 59 Chinese applications, including TikTok, CamScanner, and UCBrowser, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Thursday described the move as “digital strike” in a bid to protect user data.
“For security and sovereignty of India, for countrymen’s digital security and privacy we have banned 59 apps, including TikTok. India knows how to look in the eyes of those eyeing our borders and to protect countrymen, India can even do a digital strike,” said Prasad as BJP rally in Bengal.
“We are witnessing a strange trend in Bengal; the ruling TMC had earlier asked why we were not banning the apps, now they want to know why we are banning the apps. This is strange, why can’t they stand with the government at the time of crisis,” he added, targetting the TMC leadership in the state.
Amid tension with China following the killing of 20 Indian soldiers in Galwan valley in Ladakh, the government had on Monday announced an interim ban on 59 apps with Chinese links, citing…