Sources suggest that TikTok’s parent company ByteDance, in addition to Alibaba, Tencent, and UC Web, internally discussed various legal moves, though the plan is initially to convince the government by submitting clarifications.
“We are committed to working with the government to address its concerns. We comply with the laws and regulations of the Government of India. Ensuring the data sovereignty, security and privacy of our users has always been and will continue to be a top priority for us,” the spokesperson said.
India is an important market for TikTok with over 20 crore users and a large number of influencers with thousands and lakhs of followers. However, the app faced criticism over its poor content moderation in the past as well. The anti-China sentiment in the country also took public outrage against TikTok to new levels.