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Tiktok ban in india- UC Browser and 57 Other Chinese Apps are dumped

None of the apps has been identified as Chinese, nor has the government revealed why the need to "safeguard" Indian mobile and net users from them arose right after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash with the Chinese in Ladakh, and not earlier.


New Delhi: Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi government on Monday night announced a ban on 59 Chinese apps, including one of most popular TikTok and UC Browser, in a move that it claimed was necessary to “safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users”.

None of the apps is identified as Chinese in the press release, nor did the government reveal why this need to safeguard Indian mobile and net users has arisen right after the clash with Chinese troops in Galwan, Ladakh where 20 Indian soldiers were killed in action and not earlier.

“There has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against chinese apps that harm India’s jurisdiction as well as the privacy of our citizens,” a government press release said.

“On the basis of these and upon receiving recent credible inputs that such apps pose threat to jurisdiction and integrity of India, the Government of India has decided to disallow the usage of certain Apps, used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet enabled device, This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace,” it read.

TikTok is one of five Chinese companies that have made donations to the PM CARES Fund set up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fight COVID-19 and there is no indication yet of whether the fund intends to refund the Rs 30 crore the company said it had handed over.

According to the official order, the IT ministry is banning these apps under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with other relevant provisions of the  Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules, 2009.

Some of the banned apps include TikTok, UC Browser, WeChat, Weibo, SHAREit and Clash of Kings. While many of the listed apps are not that popular, the most crucial ban is that on social media and video sharing app TikTok — which over the last two years has taken India by storm, picking up millions of users and spawning a new creative entertainment industry. 

As recently as March 17, 2020, when a question was asked in parliament about whether the government was considering banning TikTok for security reasons, the minister of state for home affairs replied that “there is no such proposal”.

The government press release indicated that the IT ministry had “received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and  secret transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India”.

“The compilation of these data, its 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 press release said.

4.UC Browser
5.Baidu map
7.Clash of Kings
8.DU battery saver
11.YouCam makeup
12.Mi Community
13.CM Browers
14.Virus Cleaner
15.APUS Browser
17.Club Factory
19.Beutry Plus
21.UC News
22.QQ Mail
25.QQ Music
26.QQ Newsfeed
27.Bigo Live
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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