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TikTok ban ignites boom in Indian short-video apps

Analysts project market size will grow fourfold in five years

The ban on TikTok had a strong impact on many young Indians, owing to the app's skyrocketing popularity. (Screen captures from TikTok)

TOKYO -- It is almost half a year since India banned in late June dozens of Chinese mobile apps as threats to national security, following a military skirmish along the India-China Himalayan border that led to Indian casualties.

Among those apps, the ban on TikTok -- the globally popular short-video sharing app run by Chinese decacorn ByteDance -- had a particularly strong impact on many young Indians, as TikTok's popularity among them was skyrocketing.

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