India Has Banned TikTok and 58 Other Chinese Apps

India Has Banned TikTok, Baidu, WeChat, and 56 Other Chinese Apps

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Citing that the Chinese apps are prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of the state, the government banned 59 mobile apps in India. The main concerns of the Indian Ministry of Electronics & IT that put out the announcement are that the 59 apps present a threat to the defense and security of the state, as well as public order. 

India and China are right now in some diplomatic turmoil, with recent incidents taking the life of 20 Indian soldiers at the border that the two countries share. With this ban, tensions between India and China will escalate, and the fact that the Indian Ministry of Electronics & IT cited that the apps are a threat to the sovereignty and integrity of India will not go well with the CCP. On top of that, TikTok and the Xiaomi Mi Community and Mi Video Call, are very popular in India, TikTok, for example, having an install userbase of over 200 million users. WeChat and QQ are also on the list, Baidu, WeSync, Newsdog, and even Clash of Kings. 

The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs, has also sent a proposal for blocking the 59 malicious apps. This Ministry has also received many images from citizens regarding the security of data and risk to privacy. Likewise, there have been similar bipartisan concerns, flagged by various public spokespeople, both outside and inside the Parliament of India. With more and more public outcry from inside the country, India decided to ban the apps. 

The only problem is the enforcement of this ban on a national level. India is a technological-emerging-market, with direct ties to the IT world. If India intends to ban the 59 apps, they need to do a little more than announce it. According to TechCrunch, all of the apps are still available on the App Store and Google Play, meaning that soon India, Apple, and Google will talk. 

The List of 59 Apps: 

  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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