India bans 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok, UC Browser, ShareIt

India bans Chinese apps: The government stated they were “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of india, security of state and public order.”
TikTok APP

The IT ministry has banned 59 Chinese-owned applications, including TikTok, ShareIt, UC Browser, Likee, WeChat, and Bigo Live. The Ministry stated they were “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of india, security of state and public order.”

The move came in the backdrop of a current stand-off along the Line of Actual control in Ladakh with Chinese troops. Criticism and backlash from Indian authorities against Chinese applications have been ongoing. This marks the largest sweep against the Chinese technology companies.

COMPLETE LIST OF 59 MOBILE APPS BLOCKED IN INDIA

  • TikTok, Shareit, Kwai
  • UC Browser, Baidu map
  • Shein, Clash of Kings
  • DU battery saver, Helo
  • Likee, YouCam makeup, QQ Newsfeed
  • Mi Community, CM Browsers
  • Virus Cleaner, APUS Browser
  • ROMWE, Club Factory, Newsdog
  • Beutry Plus, WeChat, UC News,
  • QQ Mail, Weibo, Xender, QQ Music
  • Bigo Live, SelfieCity, Mail Master
  • Parallel Space, Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
  • WeSync, ES File Explorer
  • Viva Video – QU Video Inc
  • Meitu, Vigo Video, New Video Status
  • DU Recorder, Vault- Hide
  • Cache Cleaner DU App studio
  • DU Cleaner, DU Browser
  • Hago Play With New Friends
  • Cam Scanner, Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
  • Wonder Camera, Photo Wonder
  • QQ Player, We Meet, Sweet Selfie
  • Baidu Translate, Vmate, QQ International
  • QQ Security Center, QQ Launcher
  • U Video, V fly Status Video
  • Mobile Legends, DU Privacy

The Indian Cyber Crime Coordinate Centre under the Ministry of Home Affairs sent an exhaustive recommendation for blocking these “malicious apps,” the IT ministry. “This Ministry has also received many representations raising concerns from citizens regarding security of data and risk to privacy relating to operation of certain apps.”

In addition, the CERT-IN also has received representations from citizens regarding security of data. Parliamentarians have also flagged the issue, the release said.

Over 2015-19, Chinese investors including Alibaba, Tencent, TR Capital and Hillhouse Capital, have invested over $5.5 billion in Indian start-ups, according to Venture Intelligence that tracks private equity, venture capital, M&A transactions and valuations, in India.

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