India's TikTok influencers respond to government ban
(CNN) India's TikTok influencers are urging their fans to follow them on other social media platforms after the government announced a ban on the popular video-sharing app .
TikTok was one of 59 apps, including Chinese messaging platform WeChat and mobile browser UC Browser, banned by the Indian government Monday for posing a "threat to sovereignty and integrity."
The move follows a border clash between India and China earlier this month that left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead.
As news of the ban came into effect Monday night, TikTok creators began to post videos with their Instagram handles and YouTube links.
Actress Shraddha Arya deleted all her TikTok posts except for one listing her Instagram and Facebook handle.
In an interview with India TV, actress Ashnoor Kaur, who has 3.2 million followers on TikTok, celebrated the government's move saying it presented an opportunity for India to become self-sufficient and use homegrown apps.
"I am really happy with this decision and I'm totally in support of it," she said, adding, "your country comes first."
Other celebrities urged the public to show empathy for TikTok creators.
"The fact that Tik-tokers have millions of fans is because people consume that content. You too have silently watched their videos, laughed with some, laughed at many. Forwarded those videos to your friends. These creators too are fellow Indians. ... Today you are celebrating the downfall of all those who had build a brand for themselves by sheer hard work, without any GODFATHER. So next time when you ...
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