The government of India banned 59 Chinese mobile applications, including top social media platforms such as TikTok, Helo and WeChat, to counter the threat posed by these applications to the country’s “sovereignty and security,” it said in a press release late on Monday.

Several celebrities of the TV fraternity including Nia Sharma, Amrita Rao, Tina Datta, Kushal Tandon, Kamya Panjabi have lauded the government’s move to ban the Chinese app.

Nia Sharma took to Twitter to share a screenshot of the ban announcement on TV and wrote, “Thank youu for saving our country. This Virus named Tik tok should never be allowed again!”

Actor Kushal Tandon and ‘Shakti-Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki’ actress Kamya Punjabi also hailed the government’s decision to ban the app. Tina Datta also said

Amrita Rao tweeted, “Trust the decision of banning some apps by the GOI, in the best interest of our country’s security, besides Social Media addiction and Mental health are known enemies .. Just a break from them may help detox and introspect!! #BanTikTokInIndia #BanTiktok #dataprotection.”

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The Government of India banned as many as 59 Chinese owned smartphone apps in the country on Monday. TikTok, a popular social media platform owned by Chinese tech company ByteDance, is on the list of banned apps. The video-sharing platform was extremely popular among film and television stars, who used it on a regular basis to entertain fans.

While several Bollywood stars loved to use TikTok, make comedy or dance videos, there are some who never got onto the platform. Malaika Arora is one of them. The Bollywood diva is glad that the app has been banned as she found the videos made by the users “ridiculous.”

Sharing a news flash announcing the ban on TikTok, Malaika wrote, “The best news I have heard in lockdown… finally we will not be subjected to people’s ridiculous videos.”

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Stars like Shilpa Shetty and Riteish Deshmukh, who had millions of followers on TikTok, are yet to react to the decision.

Young TV actress Jannat Zubair, who was one of the most prominent stars on TikTok, has also supported the ban on Chinese apps. She was one of the most popular TikTok users of India with around 28 million followers on the app.

But she is happy with the ban imposed on the app. “I was waiting for this news of the ban. I am very happy and completely support this decision. I support not just TikTok ban but also the ban of all other Chinese apps,” she told India Today.

She added, “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.”

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