According to a report, the entire Indian workforce of Chinese video app TikTok has been fired, and the ByteDance-owned app has fired 40 people this week after receiving a call. The daily reported that the employees would receive nine months’ worth of severance pay.
According to reports, employees in India at TikTok were informed that February 28 would be their last day at work. Additionally, the employees were informed that restarting operations in India would not succeed due to the government’s stance on Chinese apps, and they were given notice to keep an eye out for alternative opportunities for some time.
After the Indian government banned the TikTok app and 300 other Chinese apps in June 2020 due to concerns about national security, most of the Indian employees were working in Brazil and Dubai. Before its ban in 2020, TikTok had more than 200 million users in India.
In the meantime, the Chinese app may even be banned in the United States. Due to concerns about privacy, TikTok has already been removed from federal devices and some college campuses.
During Donald Trump’s presidency, he raised concerns that the app could pose a threat to national security, which led to discussions regarding a ban on TikTok in the United States.
China may be able to access the data of its citizens through TikTok, according to American critics. During the winter, reports revealed that ByteDance planned to use TikTok to track the locations of specific US citizens and had repeatedly accessed user data.