Government Banned 43 More Apps On The Grounds Of Security; Ban Includes Apps Of Alibaba And Snack Video

by Shatakshi Gupta

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.

Also read: 59 Chinese Apps banned by India; TikTok, ShareIt, and many other

 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

  1. Ali Suppliers
  2. Ali Baba Workbench
  3. Ali Express – Smarter Shopping, Better Living
  4. Alipay Cashier
  5. Lalamove India – Delivery App
  6. Drive with Lalamove India
  7. Snack Video
  8. Camcard – Business Card Reader
  9. Cam Card – BCR (Western)
  10. Soul – Follow the Soul to Find You
  11. Chinese Social – Free Online Dating Video App & Chat
  12. Date in Asia – Dating and Chat for Asian Singles
  13. V Date – Dating App
  14. Free Dating App – Single, Start Your Date
  15. Adore App
  16. Truly Chinese – Dating App
  17. Truly Asian – Dating App
  18. China Love – Dating App for Chinese Singles
  19. Date My Age- Chat, Meet, Date
  20. Asian date
  21. Flirt Wish
  22. Guys only
  23. Tubit
  24. We Work China
  25. First Love Live – Super Hot Live Beauties Live Online
  26. Rella – Lesbian Social Network
  27. Cashier Wallet
  28. Mango TV
  29. MG TV – Human TV Official TV App
  30. TV – TV version
  31. Drama and More of V TV – Sea Drama
  32. V TV Lite
  33. Lucky Live – Live Video Streaming App
  34. Iowa Live
  35. Ding Talk
  36. Identity V
  37.  Iceland 2: Ashes of Time
  38. Boxstar (Early Access)
  39. Heroes Evolved
  40. Happy Fish
  41. Jellipop Match: Decorate Your Dream Iceland
  42. Munchkin Match: Magic Home Building
  43. Conquista

 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.