TikTok, ShareIt, UC Browser, Club Factory among 59 Chinese apps banned by the Indian government
- Popular apps TikTok, ShareIt, UC Browser and Club Factory are amongst the 59
Chinese apps bannedby the Indian government.
- The government cited national security concerns and added that these apps are prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India.
- Experts believe that the Indian government is within its rights to ban apps which spread misinformation under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act 2000.
"The Ministry of Information Technology, invoking its power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59 apps,” the government said in its official notification.
“They are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order,” the government further added. The notification further said that the Ministry of Information Technology has received complaints and reports of these apps “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India”.
Interestingly enough, Indian government created its official account on TikTok called @MyGovIndia, which is no longer available.
Naveen Tewari, Founder and CEO, InMobi Group said, "This is the digital aatmanirbhar moment that most Indians have been rooting for. As the number one top video app on the Google Play Store, Roposo is very well positioned to lead this movement. Roposo will continue to build on the trust and love that 55 million Indian users have placed in us."
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List of Chinese apps banned in India
- UC Browser
- Baidu Map
- Clash of Kings
- DU Battery Saver
- YouCam makeup
- Mi Community
- CM Browser
- Virus Cleaner
- APUS Browser
- Club Factory
- Beauty Plus
- UC News
- QQ Mail
- QQ Music
- QQ Newsfeed
- Bigo Live
- Mail Master
- Parallel Space
- Mi Video Call
- ES File Explorer
- Viva Video – QU Video Inc
- Vigo Video
- New Video Status
- DU Recorder
- Cache Cleaner – DU App Studio
- DU Cleaner
- DU Browser
- Hago Play With New Friends
- Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
- Wonder Camera
- Photo Wonder
- QQ Player
- We Meet
- Sweet Selfie
- Baidu Translate
- QQ International
- QQ Security Center
- QQ Launcher
- U Video
- V fly Status Video
- Mobile Legends
- DU Privacy
He explains that there are four types of Chinese apps – economic apps, vanity apps, nuisance apps and ones used for spreading Chinese propaganda. Of these four, he believes at least three can be banned.
"As far as the legality of the ban is concerned, we must look at section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 which empowers the central government to restrict public access of information on a computer source. This ban will prevent access to the internet for these apps within India’s territorial limits, and ban the downloads of the app on apple store, and google play store. Now, as we examine the list of the apps that were released by the order, it is crucial to understand the basis for such ban. National security remains primary and crucial, but there needs to be consistent application of the law to ensure uniformity in government actions. " said Kazim Rizvi, Founder, tech policy think tank The Dialogue.
The ongoing India-China border tensions have led to an increase in the anti-China sentiment in the country, with people calling for boycott of Chinese goods.
The 59 Chinese apps which have been banned will likely no longer be available for download in the Google Play store and Apple app store in India.
Further, reports suggest that the government could also issue an order to internet service providers in India to block host servers used by these Chinese apps. This will prevent users who already have these apps installed from using them, essentially rendering them useless.
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