Indian Govt bans 59 Chinese apps which include TikTok, UC Browser, Shein, Helo, Likee, WeChat, Shareit

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The government of India on Monday took a major decision by banning 59 Chinese made apps which include the famous TikTok App and many other popular apps like ShareIt, Helo, Shein, Likee, WeChat, UC Browser are also added to the list of the banned Chinese apps.

This decision was taken towards “safeguarding” the mobile devices and internet users of India that are crores in numbers. This move was taken to ensure the safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said in there official notification. 

The ban is targeting the current stand-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh with Chinese troops which was held in the month of June on 15th-16th, at least 20 Indian soldiers were martyred in a fierce clash with the People’s Liberation Army at Galwan Valley and few more were seriously injured resulting in death.

“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 notification read. 

FULL LIST OF CHINESE APPS BANNED BY GOVT: 

  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. 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 – 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

People of India have long been demanding a ban on over 200 million Indian user app that is TikTok. However, Likee and Vigo Video are famous short video creating apps, Shein, and Club Factory an e-commerce app was looking forward to expanding their presence to compete with rivals like Myntra. WeChat is a Chinese Instant Messaging and also a social media app that competes with Facebook-owned WhatsApp. CamScanner a popular app that was already in headlines a few months back for its security flaws is also on the list. Helo is a social media platform owned by TikTok’s parent company ByteDance while ShareIt allows users to share files between any OS running device. With over 1.1 billion user downloads and 130 million monthly active users Alibaba’s UC Browser which is a mobile Internet browser that has been available in India since 2009. In the notification, the ministry said it received many complaints from various sources including several reports about the misuse of some mobile apps asking multiple system access prompts available on Android and iOS platforms which is related to serious threats like stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India and in this case China. “The compilation of these data, it’s mining, and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defense of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures,” the ministry informed. The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs also recommended blocking these malicious and security flawed apps from China. The Ministry also received many concerns from Indian citizens regarding the security of data and risk to privacy in certain apps, it said. “The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has also received many representations from citizens regarding the security of data and breach of privacy impacting upon public order issues. Likewise, there have been similar bipartisan concerns, flagged by various public representatives, both outside and inside the Parliament of India. There has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against Apps that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of our citizens,” the ministry expressed concern.

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