India Bans 47 More Apps; List of 275 Apps Under Indian Government’s Radar

by Shatakshi Gupta

Just few days after banning 59 Chinese Apps inclusive of TikTok, ShareIt and so on; government now came out with its new order of banning 47 more apps. All of these 47 apps were actually the clone apps or rather the Lite versions of those apps which were previously banned by the Government of India. These 47 apps are like TikTok Lite, ShareIt Lite and so on.

Apart from this government is also taking other stringent measures, for reducing its dependency on China for its investments. So in this direction, the Indian government has also announced to investigate the investment of Chinese companies in the country. All these strict actions taken by the Government of India came after the tensions intensified at the Galwan Valley, near Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China.

Last week, the government also made changes in the country’s General Economic Manual – 2017. And now after these modifications, the participation of Chinese companies in the government tenders will now become difficult. 

More Chinese Apps Under Radar

Now, the government is further probing into another list 275 apps, as these apps are found to be violative of national security as well as citizens’ privacy. The latest list of these apps includes not only Chinese apps but also other apps too.  Some of them from the list being Tencent-backed gaming app PUBG, AliExpress, ByteDance’s Resso and ULike, another gaming app Ludo World and Xiaomi’s Zili, as per the media reports.

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Other apps from Meitu, LBE Tech, Perfect Corp, Sina Corp, Netease Games, Yoozoo Global, among others are also under the government’s radar, according to a News18 report. All these apps under review are actually accused of sharing data of its users with the Chinese agencies, a source told News18.

What Next?

According to an official from the Ministry of Electronics and Information technology (MeITY) said that, the centre will follow due process before imposing such a ban. “There is a process involved, there is a committee in place for such ban orders,” the official said. Once an order is passed, these apps will be banned by MeITY.