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India bans 59 China-based apps including TikTok and Shareit

India bans 59 China-based apps including TikTok and Shareit - Appy Pie

India has banned 59 China originated apps, including popular ones like video platform TikTok, UC Browser, file sharing app ShareIt, CamScanner, the app which allows devices to be used as image and document scanners, Helo, WeChat, and Clubfactory.

This move took place to counter the threat posed by these Chinese applications to India’s sovereignty and security and came amid rising tensions between India and China following clashes at the border about two weeks ago. The move also came with a countrywide call from traders and civil society to boycott Chinese products.

The Indian government said, “The applications are engaged in activities prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, public order defence, and security of the country.” For the reason of the ban government also cited complaints about data on Indian users being transferred abroad in an unauthorized manner. 

The Government said, “We have received many complaints from various sources including many reports about the misuse of some mobile app for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which are located outside India. Since this intrudes the sovereignty and integrity of India, it is a matter of deep concern and it requires immediate measures.” A statement from the Indian Government also said it had received an exhaustive recommendation from the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre and the Ministry of Home Affairs.

A top Indian official said that the government had considered all aspects before taking the big decision. He stated, “These apps have been there for a long time, and there are some privacy and security issues with them including risks of data going out of the country.”

The activist groups are against the move and said that such cases needed to be taken into consideration individually and not on an aggregate. Experts suggested that the ban on apps will act as a major blow to China’s Digital Silk Route ambitions, eating away millions of dollars from the value of its companies. This move could also lead to more countries following India’s path in acting against these Apps. The investors who have invested their funds in Indian apps say that competition will reduce due to the ban on Chinese apps.

According to sources, the Indian Government has issued instructions to Google and Apple to remove the banned applications from their application stores. India’s telecom operators and Internet service providers have also been asked to block the access and use of these applications on their networks. The huge tech war between the world’s two most populated nations will hamper Chinese growth and threaten thousands of jobs in India.

As per the market figures, India was TikTok’s biggest foreign market, with an estimated 120 million users in the country.

Indian companies have appreciated the government’s decision to uproot Chinese apps from India’s internet ecosystem and as per them; it is a move that will determine the appearance of homegrown Indian apps to the mainstream.

The full list of apps that have been banned are:

1. TikTok

2. Shareit

3. Kwai

4. UC Browser

5. Baidu map

6. Shein

7. Clash of Kings

8. DU battery saver

9. Helo

10. Likee

11. YouCam makeup

12. Mi Community

13. CM Browers

14. Virus Cleaner

15. APUS Browser

16. ROMWE

17. Club Factory

18. Newsdog

19. Beutry Plus

20. WeChat

21. UC News

22. QQ Mail

23. Weibo

24. Xender

25. QQ Music

26. QQ Newsfeed

27. Bigo Live

28. SelfieCity

29. Mail Master

30. Parallel Space

31. Mi Video Call — Xiaomi

32. WeSync

33. ES File Explorer

34. Viva Video — QU Video Inc

35. Meitu

36. Vigo Video

37. New Video Status

38. DU Recorder

39. Vault- Hide

40. Cache Cleaner DU App studio

41. DU Cleaner

42. DU Browser

43. Hago Play With New Friends

44. Cam Scanner

45. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile

46. Wonder Camera

47. Photo Wonder

48. QQ Player

49. We Meet

50. Sweet Selfie

51. Baidu Translate

52. Vmate

53. QQ International

54. QQ Security Center

55. QQ Launcher

56. U Video

57. V fly Status Video

58. Mobile Legends

59. DU Privacy