Indian government bans 59 Chinese apps including TikTok and ShareIt
Indian government bans 59 Chinese apps including TikTok and ShareIt

The government of India had been considering the banning of 52 Chinese Apps since the past couple of weeks and the decision was made official yesterday when they banned 59 Apps from China. The list of these 59 apps includes highly popular Apps like UC Browser, ShareIt and TikTok.

This news has been announced by the Press Information Bureau (PIB). It is claimed that the decision is taken for those Apps which “are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, Defence of India, the security of state and public order.”

Indian government bans 59 Chinese apps including TikTok and ShareIt
Indian government bans 59 Chinese apps – Press Release

Among the banned apps, TikTok has been banned for the 2nd time in India due to controversies. Other Apps are BeautyPlus, Mi Video call, Shien, Parallel space, Xsender, and Cam scanner.

The list of 59 companies banned are released by the Ministry of Electronics and Information technology(MeiTY) which is also tweeted by Asian News International (ANI) on 29th June 2020. According to the press release by PIB, this move by the government id meant to “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.” 

The Ministry of Electronics and Information technology said that they have received various reports on the misuse of mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and transmitting the data of users to sources outside of India in an unauthorised manner.

Indian government bans 59 Chinese apps including TikTok and ShareIt
59 Banned Chinese apps India

Here’s the complete list of the apps banned,

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

These apps were red-flagged by Indian Intelligence agencies over privacy issues. This was backed by the National security council secretariat stating that some of these china linked apps are detrimental to the security of the country and its citizen.

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