Govt. of India blocked 59 Chinese apps, including hugely popular TikTok and UC Browser today.

The Chinese app ban is due to the huge economic backlash against China following the June 15 clashes at Ladakh in which 20 Indian soldiers died in action, and more than 70 were injured.

According to the sources, Indian intelligence inputs suggested that the apps have been violating the terms of usage, compromising user’s privacy, and being used as spyware or malware. Resulting Government has decided to disallow the usage of these 59 Chinese apps both in mobile and non-mobile Internet-enabled devices.

According to the government press release announcing the ban stated: “The Ministry of Information Technology, invoking it’s power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59 apps since in view of the information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.

The press release also noted that “The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has also received many representations from citizens regarding security of data and breach of privacy impacting upon public order issues,”.

It further says that the move to ban these Chinese apps move will “safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users”. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace, it said.

List of the apps banned by Govt. of India:

  1. TikTok
  2. UC Browser
  3. Shareit
  4. Kwai
  5. Baidu map
  6. DU battery saver
  7. Helo
  8. Likee
  9. YouCam makeup
  10. Mi Community
  11. CM Browers
  12. APUS Browser
  13. WeChat
  14. UC News
  15. QQ Mail
  16. Weibo
  17. Xender
  18. QQ Music
  19. QQ Newsfeed
  20. Parallel Space
  21. WeSync
  22. ES File Explorer
  23. Mi Video Call Xiaomi
  24. DU Recorder
  25. Vigo Video
  26. Meitu
  27. Viva Video QU Video Inc
  28. Club Factory
  29. Photo Wonder
  30. New Video Status
  31. Vault- Hide
  32. Cam Scanner
  33. QQ Player
  34. DU Cleaner
  35. DU Browser
  36. Clean Master Cheetah Mobile
  37. Shein
  38. Clash of Kings
  39. Virus Cleaner
  40. Newsdog
  41. ROMWE
  42. We Meet
  43. Wonder Camera
  44. Hago Play With New Friends
  45. Sweet Selfie
  46. Bigo Live
  47. SelfieCity
  48. Cache Cleaner DU App studio
  49. Vmate
  50. Baidu Translate
  51. U Video
  52. Mail Master
  53. QQ International
  54. QQ Security Center
  55. QQ Launcher
  56. Beutry Plus
  57. V fly Status Video
  58. Mobile Legends
  59. DU Privacy

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