Government is once again in action. On Tuesday, the Union government banned 43 mobile apps on the grounds of National security. The Centre has imposed this ban under Section 69-A of the Information Technology Act. The Centre said that these apps are involved in such activities, which threaten the unity, integrity, security of the country.
Of these 43 banned apps, 14 were dating apps, 8 gaming apps, 6 business and finance, and an entertainment app.
Earlier TikTok, this time Snack Video
The central government, which has banned Chinese app TikTok, has now banned popular video sharing app Snack Video. It is a Singapore based Chinese software company. It has more than 100 million users. This became the biggest option for users after TikTok was banned and within 5 months, around 50 million users increased. Most users are in India. Apart from this, 4 apps of Alibaba, a company of business tycoon Jack Ma of China, have also been banned.
Timeline of Centre’s decisions
- On 29 June, 59 Chinese apps were banned. These apps were designated as a threat to national security. This decision was taken after the Galwan valley clash.
- On 27 July, 47 more apps were banned. The government took this step when tensions were rising in Ladakh and Chinese troops tried to infiltrate twice.
- On 2nd September, the government banned 118 Chinese apps including PUBG. The game has been downloaded by over 175 million people.
- 43 mobile apps were banned on 24th November. The decision has been taken based on the report sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs by the Indian Cybercrime Co-ordination Center.
List of 43 banned apps
- Ali Suppliers
- Ali Baba Workbench
- Ali Express – Smarter Shopping, Better Living
- Alipay Cashier
- Lalamove India – Delivery App
- Drive with Lalamove India
- Snack Video
- Camcard – Business Card Reader
- Cam Card – BCR (Western)
- Soul – Follow the Soul to Find You
- Chinese Social – Free Online Dating Video App & Chat
- Date in Asia – Dating and Chat for Asian Singles
- V Date – Dating App
- Free Dating App – Single, Start Your Date
- Adore App
- Truly Chinese – Dating App
- Truly Asian – Dating App
- China Love – Dating App for Chinese Singles
- Date My Age- Chat, Meet, Date
- Asian date
- Flirt Wish
- Guys only
- We Work China
- First Love Live – Super Hot Live Beauties Live Online
- Rella – Lesbian Social Network
- Cashier Wallet
- Mango TV
- MG TV – Human TV Official TV App
- TV – TV version
- Drama and More of V TV – Sea Drama
- V TV Lite
- Lucky Live – Live Video Streaming App
- Iowa Live
- Ding Talk
- Identity V
- Iceland 2: Ashes of Time
- Boxstar (Early Access)
- Heroes Evolved
- Happy Fish
- Jellipop Match: Decorate Your Dream Iceland
- Munchkin Match: Magic Home Building
267 apps banned in 148 days
The Galwan clash took place on 15 June. To give a strong message to China and pressurize it, the government banned Chinese apps for the first time. After this, 267 apps have been banned within 148 days and most of these apps are Chinese.