TikTok, ShareIt, UC Browser, Club Factory among 59 Chinese apps banned by the Indian government

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 banned by 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.
TikTok, ShareIt, UC Browser, Club Factory are among the 59 Chinese apps banned by the Indian government, as tensions between both the countries escalate.

"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

  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 Browser
  14. Virus Cleaner
  15. APUS Browser
  16. ROMWE
  17. Club Factory
  18. Newsdog
  19. Beauty 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
  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. CamScanner
  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
Blaise Fernandes, director at Mumbai-based thinktank Gateway House, believes the Indian government is within its rights to ban apps that spread misinformation under Section 69A of the IT Act 2000.

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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