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    • Senior executives are discussing options such as creating a new management board for TikTok or establishing a headquarters for the app outside of China to distance the app’s operations from China, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

      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. Along with 58 other Chinese apps, including Tencent Holdings Ltd's WeChat and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's UC Browser, it was banned in India this week following a border clash with China.

      ​​“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 users has always been and will continue to be a top priority for us,” a spokesperson said.

      The platform was one of 59 Chinese mobile applications that was banned on Monday.

      Instagram seems to be the most obvious migration platform for the followers of these TikTok stars as they already had existing accounts on the app. Popular young stars like Jannat Zubair Rahmani and Sayyed Arishfa Khan added around 2 lakh new followers each.

      TikTok on Tuesday said it is in the process of complying with the government's order on blocking of the app, and asserted that it has not sh...

      Tik-Tok, Helo and WeChat came under the ambit of the ban, giving a serious jolt to China's dream of setting up a Digital Silk Route. Even as the sudden ban left TikTok's Indian fans high and dry, there was palpable relief among the users of PUBG — the highly-addictive, world-famous game that has held millions in India in thrall since its inception.

      The letter comes after the Indian government banned 59 Chinese apps, citing data privacy security concerns. ByteDance, which owns TikTok and regional social media platform Helo, counts India as its largest market outside China. TikTok has 200 million users in India.

      The government on Monday banned 59 Chinese apps, including the most popular TikTok, citing national security concerns. The move has, however, hit hundreds of content creators on the ByteDance-owned app, some of whom used to earn a few lakh rupees promoting branded content.

      "TikTok continues to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law and has not shared any information of our users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese government," said Nikhil Gandhi, Head of TikTok India.

      While ‘josh’ from ‘digital strike’ runs high, the need for data protection law should now come under spotlight.

      Kevin Mayer, TikTok’s US-based CEO, who wrote to electronics and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad soon after the app along with 58 other Chinese apps was banned by India on Monday over concerns of national security, has also sought a personal meeting to explain the data-sharing practices of the ByteDance-owned platform, the people cited above told ET.

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