India bans 59 massively popular Chinese apps including TikTok, UC Browser

India bans 59 massively popular Chinese apps including TikTok, UC Browser - We The World Magazine

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.’

The announcement comes as the tension between the two nuclear-powered Nations continues to heighten in the aftermath of the June 15 Galwan valley incident. This is India’s latest move for the burgeoning Boycott China trend among the general public.

All total of 59 Chinese made apps has been blocked. NDTV noted within minutes of the ban My government TikTok account that had 1.1 million followers was quickly disabled. TikTok crossed 2 billion downloads in April, with more than 30% of users comming from India according to Sensor Tower.

“This is India’s first salvo to China after the border clashes, showing that India has a diverse range of retaliatory options,” a party source told NDTV.

Sources say that the Chinese apps had been violating terms of usage, putting the user’s of privacy at stake. Some apps were even identified to be used spyware and malware according to reports. Apps like UC Browser, Shareit, Shein, Club Factory, and dozens of others have hundreds of thousands of users in India.

In a statement released Monday evening, the government cited the reason for blocking the apps as “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India defense of India security of the state and public order.”

“The Ministry of Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about the misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India,” the Government says in a press release.

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This is not the first time Chinese social platforms have come under the fire for messing with user’s privacy.

The move comes amid a countrywide call for boycotting Chinese products since the June 15 classes took place. In a matter of few days, the Government of India has one-after-the-other imposed regulations for national and multinational businesses operating in India, in tandem with Narendra Modi’s “Atma Nirbhar Bharat” clarion call.

Last week, mentioning the “country of origin” was made mandatory for sellers selling goods on government e-marketplaces, including Amazon and Flipkart.

Experts believe many other countries could start taking India’s lead in dealing critically with similar Chinese apps, thereby hampering China’s ‘digital silk route ambition.’

Blocked apps include:

  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

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