India bans another 43 apps in a covert take on China
KOLKATA (India) — India’s federal government announced a ban on another 43 apps from the nation’s Google and Apple app stores in a covert lash on China over security issues.
The Ministry of Electronics and IT issued a statement saying 43 apps are banned, including three apps from the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, among others, because “these apps for engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order.”
The federal government cited comprehensive reports received from the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center, Ministry of Home Affairs, which were evaluated to finalize the ban.
The move comes following a wave of similar announcements the government of India has been passing after a major clash with China in the Galwan Valley region that took several lives in both parts.
Both India and China fought a bloody war in fisticuffs in the contested de-facto border region of Kashmir on July 15th — the first such clash in decades following the Sino-Indian war in 1962.
The last time the federal government banned apps was on 29th June 2020. In a sweeping move, India’s federal government has banned massively popular Chinese apps including TikTok and UC browser. Twitter is calling it a ‘Digital Air Strike.’
Following the app block came another ban of 118 apps in September 2020. “Government is committed to protecting the interests of citizens and sovereignty and integrity of India on all fronts and it shall take all possible steps to ensure that,” the federal notice said.
Many uber-famous Chinese and Chinese-owned apps including TikTok, and the UC Browser among a host of others were banned by the Indian government citing a security issue.
Which apps were banned?
Forty-three apps that have been banned in the movie, include a plethora of ‘beauty’ apps, entertainment, camera, and dating apps among others.
For instance, the AliExpress shopping app that allows Indian buyers to order a plethora of supplies and components has been banned, a move which is being seen as a passive check on Chinese imports.
Other apps in the ban list include delivery apps and online dating platforms. One app called Snack Video is on the list which is a TikTok rival that is massively popular in the South Asian markets.
Here is the banned apps list:
- AliSuppliers Mobile App
- Alibaba Workbench
- AliExpress – Smarter Shopping, Better Living
- Alipay Cashier
- Lalamove India – Delivery App
- Drive with Lalamove India
- Snack Video
- CamCard – Business Card Reader
- CamCard – BCR (Western)
- Soul- Follow the soul to find you
- Chinese Social – Free Online Dating Video App & Chat
- Date in Asia – Dating & Chat For Asian Singles
- WeDate-Dating App
- Free dating app-Singol, start your date!
- Adore App
- TrulyChinese – Chinese Dating App
- TrulyAsian – Asian Dating App
- ChinaLove: dating app for Chinese singles
- DateMyAge: Chat, Meet, Date Mature Singles Online
- AsianDate: find Asian singles
- FlirtWish: chat with singles
- Guys Only Dating: Gay Chat
- Tubit: Live Streams
- First Love Live- super hot live beauties live online
- Rela – Lesbian Social Network
- Cashier Wallet
- MGTV-HunanTV official TV APP
- WeTV – TV version
- WeTV – Cdrama, Kdrama&More
- WeTV Lite
- Lucky Live-Live Video Streaming App
- Taobao Live
- Identity V
- Isoland 2: Ashes of Time
- BoxStar (Early Access)
- Heroes Evolved
- Happy Fish
- Jellipop Match-Decorate your dream island！
- Munchkin Match: magic home building
- Conquista Online II