Sikh volunteers hang a sign reading ‘Tiktok is prohibited here’, at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. The country’s ban on use of the Chinese social media app has deprived millions of rural and marginalised Indians of a voice. Photo: Narinder Nanu/AFPSikh volunteers hang a sign reading ‘Tiktok is prohibited here’, at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. The country’s ban on use of the Chinese social media app has deprived millions of rural and marginalised Indians of a voice. Photo: Narinder Nanu/AFP
Sikh volunteers hang a sign reading ‘Tiktok is prohibited here’, at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. The country’s ban on use of the Chinese social media app has deprived millions of rural and marginalised Indians of a voice. Photo: Narinder Nanu/AFP

Indian TikTok ban leaves its rural video stars without a voice, looking for income and a new platform

  • The Chinese social media app TikTok is hugely popular in India and has made video stars of a number of the poor and marginalised
  • Since the Indian ban on Chinese apps, these unlikely celebrities have lost their voice, their income and even their self-confidence

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Sikh volunteers hang a sign reading ‘Tiktok is prohibited here’, at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. The country’s ban on use of the Chinese social media app has deprived millions of rural and marginalised Indians of a voice. Photo: Narinder Nanu/AFPSikh volunteers hang a sign reading ‘Tiktok is prohibited here’, at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. The country’s ban on use of the Chinese social media app has deprived millions of rural and marginalised Indians of a voice. Photo: Narinder Nanu/AFP
Sikh volunteers hang a sign reading ‘Tiktok is prohibited here’, at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. The country’s ban on use of the Chinese social media app has deprived millions of rural and marginalised Indians of a voice. Photo: Narinder Nanu/AFP
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