Ticket Day stopped working in India on Tuesday because the company appeared to be complying with a ban announced by the central government, saying widely used video sharing tools and 58 other mostly Chinese applications were a threat to national security.
Anyone who has the app will no longer be able to use it, and it will no longer be found in searches on the Google Play Store and Apple Plus App Store, when the company disabled the webpage. Some of the other leading apps – such as WeChat and Camscanner – continued to work and were available on app platforms on both platforms until Tuesday night.
An official from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) said on condition of anonymity, "Tickets have been removed from both app stores. "Cyber Cell is working to make sure other applications are taken down as well."
A MEITY spokesperson confirmed that the ticket ban has been implemented. According to Bloomberg data, Ticket OK had about 200 million users in India as of January this year and has become one of the social media tools used by young Indians.
In a statement released on Twitter by TicketOK on Tuesday, Nikhil Gandhi, the company's head of India, said: "The Government of India has issued an interim order to block 59 apps, including TicketOK, and we are in the process of complying. We are invited to meet with relevant government officials for an opportunity to respond and clarify. "
H.T. Was not able to independently verify whether a meeting was planned there as MEITY officials did not respond to requests for comment.
In addition to the app not appearing on the App Store, Ticket OK also appeared to disable Indians' access to its website, instead redirecting it to the "Notebandhi" page.
The Chinese government on Tuesday said it was "strongly concerned" about the decision to ban New Delhi's applications, adding that the move was "against India's interests". The ban has not seen decades of animosity between the two neighbors over the disputed area of Ladakh.
China is deeply concerned about the relevant notice issued by the Indian party. "We are investigating and verifying the situation," Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a regular ministry briefing on Tuesday.
Zhao reminded New Delhi of its responsibilities towards foreign companies. He said, & # 39; The Government of India has a responsibility to uphold the legitimate and legitimate rights of international investors, including the Chinese. & # 39;
According to experts, the ban on voluntary services in India seems to have been imposed by Ticketbank at present. "It doesn't work because the developers canceled requests from the Indian IP address on the error page. If it is blocked by the ISP, a different message will be displayed there, "said Anand V, an independent cybersecurity researcher.
Applications applications The ban on applications has been under discussion since early June, but it accelerated in the middle of the month after a deadly confrontation between Indian and Chinese troops in the Galvan Valley.
Citing complaints from agencies as well as members of the public, MEITY said the applications were relaying data from Indian users outside the country. "The compilation of this information, its mining and the outline by elements hostile to India's national security and defense, which ultimately involves India's sovereignty and integrity, is a matter of deep and urgent concern that requires emergency action." Said in a statement on Monday while announcing the move.
Experts said there needed to be more clarity on what legal provisions were used to impose the ban, adding that there were two special ways this could be done and one did not require an inter-ministerial review committee: the emergency order route.
"If tech platforms operating in India received an order to block access, they would normally do so. Asia-Pacific policy advocate Raman Jitsingh Chima said they should ask what process and legal right the action is being taken under, and why an emergency is being ordered – and the channels should be able to withdraw such a review. Director of Access Now, an international digital rights group.
(With inputs from Vinayak Dasgupta)