After India banned 59 Chinese apps, it has banned other 47 Chinese apps too. The government earlier banned 59 Chinese apps as they pose a threat to India’s sovereignty.
TikTok, a hugely popular app was also banned. Further, the Government banned almost 50 other apps that were acting as a clone for previously banned apps. Earlier, Ramdas Athawale, Union Minister had called this ban and said that banning of Tik Tok will affect the economy of China. He claimed that Tik Tok is used by 15 crore Indians. In his tweet, he said that China gets profit due to Tik Tok in crores from India. He further requested humbly from Indian users to stop using Tik Tok.
However, the Government has not yet announced the list of particular apps banned.
The government earlier banned apps including CamScanner, SHAREit, and UC Browser, among others. That ban was announced under the provisions of Section 69A of the Information Technology Act.
According to a tweet posted by DD News, the latest decision to ban 47 apps was taken as these apps were operating as the clones for apps banned in the last month.
A report by India Today TV, citing government sources, said that the government had also prepared a list of over 250 apps that would be examined for any user privacy or national security violations.
It is believed that some top gaming Chinese apps including PUBG Mobile would be a part of the new list of banned apps. However, the government is yet to release the details of the development.
The earlier ban was imposed on popular apps including TikTok, SHAREit, UC Browser, Helo, and WeChat, among others. The government had ordered telcos to block access to all those apps as well as their related websites shortly after announcing the decision publicly through a press release. It also directed Apple and Google to remove the banned apps from their respective app stores in the country.