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Tiktok and 58 more Chinese apps banned by the Indian government

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The Indian government has banned TikTok and 58 more Chinese apps. The decision follows the clash between the armies of both countries in the Ladakh region.

TikTok and the other apps are subject to the ban effective this Monday. According to the Indian government, these apps were engaging in activities that were harmful to Indian sovereignty.

The press release states:

“The Ministry of Information Technology, invoking it’s power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59 apps since in view of the information available they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order.”

According to the press release, the Indian Ministry of Information Technology received countless reports that the banned apps pose high-security risks. These risks include access to private data.

Upholding the safety and privacy of mobile and Internet Indian users is the main reason for the ban said the press release.

Indian and Chinese clash led to Chinese app usage decline

The Ladakh region tension between the two countries prompted Indian users to disregard the usage of Chinese apps.

According to the AppFollow, TikTok fell from the fifth spot of the Apple App Store to the 10th spot. This comes after the May 5 clash between the two troops.

On the other hand, Chinese Android apps also experienced a decline in usage after the border clash.

Despite the decline, these apps are still part of the top apps in both the App Store and the Google Play Store. But, it is highly likely that it will slide down the rankings as the ban gets implemented.

TikTok and other apps banned in other countries as well

It is not the first time that the call for the ban of these Chinese apps surfaced. Germany and Taiwan did it before India’s decision.

The implementation of Germany and Taiwan did not come from the border clash. It boils down to the privacy and security issues that these apps are facing.

These countries acted on the ban as the following apps are reportedly being used by the Chinese government to spread propaganda.

According to the United States national security adviser, Robert O’ Brian, the apps are a way fo the Communist Party of China to spread its ideologies and geopolitical agendas throughout the world.

TikTok is one of India’s top app amid the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic helped TikTok gain its massive following. The Chinese app took the world by storm mainly because of its easy to digest content.

The bite-sized videos posted on the app is very popular among teenagers worldwide.

In the first quarter of the year alone, TikTok grew to 1.5 billion downloads. It recently surpassed the 2 billion download mark.

India is one of the largest smartphone markets in the world. Because of this, it helped boost TikTok by over 611 million in the country alone.

Full list of banned apps

  • TikTok
  • Shareit
  • Kwai
  • UC Browser
  • Baidu map
  • Shein
  • Clash of Kings
  • DU battery saver
  • Helo
  • Likee
  • YouCam makeup
  • Mi Community
  • CM Browser
  • Virus Cleaner
  • APUS Browser
  • ROMWE
  • Club Factory
  • Newsdog
  • Beutry Plus
  • WeChat
  • UC News
  • QQ Mail
  • Weibo
  • Xender
  • QQ Music
  • QQ Newsfeed
  • Bigo Live
  • SelfieCity
  • Mail Master
  • Parallel Space
  • Mi Video Call
  • WeSync
  • ES File Explorer
  • Viva Video
  • Meitu
  • Vigo Video
  • New Video Status
  • DU Recorder
  • Vault-Hide
  • Cache Cleaner DU App Studio
  • DU Cleaner
  • DU Browser
  • Hago Play with New Friends
  • Cam Scanner
  • Clean Master
  • Wonder Camera
  • Photo Wonder
  • QQ Player
  • We Meet
  • Sweet Selfie
  • Baidu Translate
  • VMate
  • QQ International
  • U Video
  • QQ Launcher
  • QQ Security Center
  • V Fly Status Video
  • Mobile Legends Bang Bang
  • Du Privacy

Images (1) (2) courtesy of Konkarampelas/Pixabay, image (3) courtesy of Mobile Legends/Google Play Store

Aim Orallo

Aim is a sports leader for Decathlon Philippines. He has great knowledge of marketing, sales, and management and previously worked as a sports multimedia journalist for a huge sports team in the Philippines. He currently writes about the latest news in gaming and technology for Micky.

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