On Monday the Indian government banned 59 Chinese based apps including CamScanner, TikTok, and Helo among other apps. The Indian Ministry issued a statement citing privacy reasons behind banning the apps. Celebrities across the country have welcomed the decision with open arms.
Malaika Arora took to Instagram to share a picture of her tv screen which showed news about the ban on TikTok. She wrote, "The best news I have heard in lockdown... finally we will not be subjected to people's ridiculous videos."
Actor Jannat Zubair has also welcomed the decision. Zubair was one of the most followed TikTok celebrities with 28 million followers. Speaking to India Today Zubair said, "I was waiting for this news of the ban. I am very happy and completely support this decision. I support not just the TikTok ban but also the ban on all other Chinese apps."
"There are so many TikTokers, who'll be shocked by this news, but somewhere we all had an idea that TikTok could be banned. I believe those who were only dependent on TikTok could explore their talent elsewhere," she added.
TikTok star Muskan Sharma also said she is happy with the government's decision to ban TikTok among other apps. She said, "I stand by my country and the way that China is attacking India is simply not done especially when the Indian market is flooded with Chinese apps and products. A handful of people boycotting Chinese goods was effective at some point and now that the government has put the ban, the effect will show on a higher level. Whatever China has done to India, they have to pay for this. We are all very happy with this decision."