Moving a step forward against China, the Government of India has banned as many as 59 Chinese apps including TikTok and UC Browser. According to the notice, these apps are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.
Among the apps that have been banned are Tik Tok, Sharit, Kwai, UC Browser, Baidu map, Shein, clash of Kings, DU battery saver, Helo, Likee, YouCam makeup, Mi Community, CM Browsers, Virus Cleaner, Apus Browser, among others.
The National Security Council Secretariat had reportedly supported the advisory and agreed these apps were a threat to India’s security. The Centre also said to have taken cognizance of the issue and was in the process of examining the risks involved with using these apps on a per app basis.
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The purported ban comes amid the ongoing India-China standoff along LAC after 20 Indian soldiers were killed and several others grievously injured in a face-off with the Chinese troops in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley.
This may be the first time the government has downright “banned” as many apps from China. Previously, it has resisted going down that route, only releasing advisories for the public to stay wary of Chinese apps. The ban on TikTok is of particular significance because it was just caught spying on iPhone users, courtesy the new iOS 14 beta update.