TikTok Ban

Amidst border tensions between India and China, the Indian government has just announced an official ban on several Chinese apps like TikTok, UC browser, Share It, etc. This decision was reasoned as those apps pose a security threat to the nation, thus disallowed. Surprisingly, the list doesn’t include PUBG Mobile.

Indian Government Officially Bans TikTok

The Indian Ministry of IT has just released an ordinance which disallows, or to say boldly, bans 59 Chinese apps from using. The move could be linked to India’s border tensions with China, where the latter was blamed for gradually capturing the land. The raging war was started a couple of weeks back, with many soldiers from both sides have fought and died.

The Indian Ministry has cited that, these apps are “engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.” These apps were so suspected of stealing and carrying the user data outside India, where the Indian government has no control of. This could result in wrongful harvesting of data for potential cyberattacks.

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Also, the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre and Ministry of Home Affairs has received several complaints and recommendations for blocking these apps. Apps like TikTok were previously banned from using among public representatives, and now it’s up to citizens too. TikTok especially, which is blamed for following loose security measures and even snooping on clipboard content, is the first one in the hit list.

Surprisingly, PUBG Mobile isn’t mentioned by the authorities in the list, though it’s made by China-based company and has a fair share of complaints from the past.

This list contains the Chinese apps banned in India; 

  • TikTok
  • Shareit
  • Kwai
  • UC Browser
  • Baidu map
  • Shein
  • Clash of Kings
  • DU battery saver
  • Helo
  • Likee
  • YouCam makeup
  • Mi Community
  • CM Browers
  • Virus Cleaner
  • APUS Browser
  • Club Factory
  • Newsdog
  • Beauty Plus
  • WeChat
  • UC News
  • QQ Mail
  • Weibo
  • Xender
  • QQ Music
  • QQ Newsfeed
  • Bigo Live
  • SelfieCity
  • Mail Master
  • Parallel Space
  • Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
  • WeSync
  • ES File Explorer
  • Viva Video – QU Video Inc
  • 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 – Cheetah Mobile
  • Wonder Camera
  • Photo Wonder
  • QQ Player
  • We Meet
  • Sweet Selfie
  • Baidu Translate
  • Vmate
  • QQ International
  • QQ Security Center
  • QQ Launcher
  • U Video
  • V fly Status Video
  • Mobile Legends
  • DU Privacy

Following this ordinance, TikTok responded to the move by Government and said that TikTok has been invited to meet with concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit clarification.

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