Govt bans 59 Chinese apps including TikTok in India
The government has banned 59 Chinese apps in India. The long list of apps include popular ones like TikTok, Shareit, Shein and Clash of Kings.
The Ministry of Information Technology in a release said that these 59 Chinese apps pose a threat to India “in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.”
The release also mentions that there are security concerns with these apps. “At the same time, there have been raging concerns on aspects relating to data security and safeguarding the privacy of 130 crore Indians,” the release added.
It further adds that there have been multiple complaints “from various sources” on how some of these apps are being misused on Android and iOS.This decision from the government comes amid the ongoing clash with China in Ladakh. There have been many calls on social media to boycott Chinese products as well. But till now there was no definite move by the government that puts a halt to Chinese goods or services in India.
Most of these Chinese apps are very popular in India. TikTok, for example, has the highest number of users in India. These apps cater to different uses like social media, photo editing, online shopping and gaming. The ban on these apps have been announced but they’re still available on the Google Play Store and App Store.
Here’s the full list of all the Chinese apps banned in India.
4. UC Browser
5. Baidu map
7. Clash of Kings
8. DU battery saver
31.Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
33.ES File Explorer
34.Viva Video – QU Video Inc
37.New Video Status
40.Cache Cleaner DU App studio
43.Hago Play With New Friends
45.Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
54.QQ Security Center
57.V fly Status Video