Indian media: Microsoft talks to buy TikTok, will not affect India ban

A senior Indian government official with knowledge of the matter said Microsoft’s talks to buy TikTok’s U.S. business would not affect the ban TikTok faces in India because the takeover talks do not include local operations, the Economic Times of India reported Thursday. On the evening of June 29, local time, India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology announced a ban on 59 applications from China, including Byte Dance’s short video app TikTok, WeChat, Weibo, Baidu Maps, AND UC Browser.

Indian media: Microsoft talks to buy TikTok, will not affect India ban

The Indian government has argued that the apps “undermine India’s sovereignty, national defence, national security and public order”.