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India quizzing owners of banned Chinese apps over content and practices

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Chinese companies such as TikTok-owner ByteDance have been asked by India to answer 77 questions about their apps that have been banned by New Delhi, including whether they censored content, worked on behalf of foreign governments or lobbied influencers.

FILE PHOTO: Smartphone with Chinese applications is seen in front of a displayed Indian flag and a “Banned app” sign in this illustration picture taken July 2, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

India’s Information Technology Ministry has given the companies three weeks to respond to the questionnaire, which has been seen by Reuters, and said unspecified follow-up action would be taken, two sources said.

India last month banned the apps following a border clash between soldiers from the two countries, which left 20 Indian soldiers dead. India has said the apps pose a threat to its “sovereignty and integrity”. China has criticised the ban.

The 59 banned apps,

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Exclusive: India asks court to stymie potential challenge to Chinese app ban

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s government has petitioned a state court to stop any of the Chinese companies whose 59 apps it recently banned from obtaining an injunction to block the order, according to two sources and the legal filing.

FILE PHOTO: Smartphone with Chinese applications is seen in front of a displayed Indian flag and a “Banned app” sign in this illustration picture taken July 2, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

India last month outlawed dozens of Chinese apps including ByteDance’s popular video-sharing app TikTok, Alibaba’s (BABA.N) UC Browser and Tencent’s (0700.HK) messaging app WeChat, saying they posed a “threat to sovereignty and integrity”.

Chinese firms have faced hostility since a border clash that killed 20 Indian soldiers, with Delhi intensifying scrutiny of Chinese imports and any funding from China.

Two sources with direct knowledge of the filing said the government had presented a so-called caveat

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Chinese gay dating app BlueCity focused on Asia after IPO

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s biggest gay dating app’s owner BlueCity is focused on expanding in Asia, its founder said on Wednesday after it made its Nasdaq debut despite a U.S. securities regulator warning against investments in Chinese firms.

Ma Baoli, founder and CEO of BlueCity Holdings Ltd, the owner of China’s biggest dating app for gay men Blued, speaks during an interview with Reuters, ahead of the company’s debut on Nasdaq, in Beijing, China July 8, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

BlueCity BLCT.O, which says its Blued app already has the largest market share in China, India, South Korea and Vietnam, raised $84.8 million in an initial public offering which valued the Beijing-based company at $614 million.

“We will make further expansion after in-depth evaluation,” BlueCity’s founder and chief executive Ma Baoli said when asked if the company would turn its focus to Western markets.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last

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Pompeo says U.S. looking at banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gives a news conference about dealings with China and Iran, and on the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Washington, U.S., June 24, 2020. Mangel Ngan/Pool via REUTERS

(Reuters) – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late on Monday that the United States is “certainly looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok.

“I don’t want to get out in front of the President (Donald Trump), but it’s something we’re looking at,” Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News.

U.S. lawmakers have raised national security concerns over TikTok’s handling of user data, saying they were worried about Chinese laws requiring domestic companies “to support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.”

The app, which is not available in China, has sought to distance itself from its Chinese roots to appeal to a global audience

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