India Bans Chinese Apps Including TikTok, Mobile Legends, and 49 Others: Is it the solution ?

India Bans Chinese apps
India Bans Chinese apps

The Indian government has effectively banned 59 Chinese mobile apps, including TikTok(Bytedance), Shareit (Lenovo Group), and WeChat (Tencent), starting today. In a press release earlier this day, they explained their actions as a “necessary step” taken to protect the country’s “sovereignty and security.”

Table of contents

  1. India Bans Chinese Apps following voluntary uninstalls
    1. A public outrage turns official:
    2. What this ban means for Indian users:
      1. India Bans Chinese Apps: Official List of Banned Chinese Apps

        India Bans Chinese Apps following voluntary uninstalls

        Following the recent border issue at Ladakh, tensions have risen between the two superpowers. With discontent growing amongst the general population rapidly, many Indian users displayed their displeasure by voluntarily uninstalling Chinese made apps from their devices a few weeks ago. Simple applications that detected apps of Chinese origin and allowed users to uninstall them selectively became hugely popular, raking in millions of downloads in a matter of weeks. Remove China Apps, an app that did just that, actually became India’s Top Free app on the Play Store before it was delisted from the Play Store.

        Remove China Apps :Read full article here.

        A public outrage turns official:

        However, this time matters are different in the sense that it’s not just the people showing disinterest in using Chinese made apps, but the government itself straight-up banning it. In the press release, the government announced the official reason behind the ban as: “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of the state and public order.” This decision has been made under Section 69A of the Indian IT Act 2009 and as of right now shall go on indefinitely.

        However, only Social Media related apps or Browsers (except the popular game Mobile Legends) seem to have been affected by the Indian Banhammer. Apps like the popular Battle Royale game PUBG(Tencent) have been spared, and the government has decided not to ban it right away. It’s interesting to note that all of the apps included in the list of 59 have had at least one allegation of misusing user data or illicit data mining on critical information about its users.

        “There is legitimacy in concerns of data security and citizens’ privacy.”, say officials.

        What this ban means for Indian users:

        While many TikTok “influencers” and regular users of these banned Chinese apps have been very vocal about their dissatisfaction with this public ban, this could open up new doors for Indian software companies to showcase their products to their local audience. Lesser-known apps could fill the vacuum left in the market. With Chinese monopolies lifted from the app market, apps like Roposo(rival to TikTok), ShareChat(alternative to WeChat), etc. can finally flourish and get discovered by a population of users. In contrast, the users have a sense of satisfaction that they are not having their privacy violated for the sake of some foreign government.

        India Bans Chinese Apps: Official List of Banned Chinese Apps

        1. TikTok
        2. Shareit
        3. Kwai
        4. UC Browser
        5. Baidu map
        6. Shein
        7. Clash of Kings
        8. DU battery saver
        9. Helo
        10. Likee
        11. YouCam makeup
        12. Mi Community
        13. CM Browers
        14. Virus Cleaner
        15. APUS Browser
        16. ROMWE
        17. Club Factory
        18. Newsdog
        19. Beutry Plus
        20. WeChat
        21. UC News
        22. QQ Mail
        23. Weibo
        24. Xender
        25. QQ Music
        26. QQ Newsfeed
        27. Bigo Live
        28. SelfieCity
        29. Mail Master

        30. Parallel Space
        31. Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
        32. WeSync
        33. ES File Explorer
        34. Viva Video – QU Video Inc
        35. Meitu
        36. Vigo Video
        37. New Video Status
        38. DU Recorder
        39. Vault- Hide
        40. Cache Cleaner DU App studio
        41. DU Cleaner
        42. DU Browser
        43. Hago Play With New Friends
        44. Cam Scanner
        45. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
        46. Wonder Camera
        47. Photo Wonder
        48. QQ Player
        49. We Meet
        50. Sweet Selfie
        51. Baidu 

        52. Vmate
        53. QQ International
        54. QQ Security Center
        55. QQ Launcher
        56. U Video
        57. V fly Status Video
        58. Mobile Legends
        59. DU Privacy

        Does this step of digital banning amidst ongoing border issues between the countries solve the issue? Or will it increase more tensions, is it the correct step?
        Let us know your thoughts on this in the comment section below.

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