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Government Bans 43 Mobile Apps Citing National Security


Several apps owned by Chinese companies are among the freshly banned apps, including four owned by China’s retail giant, the Alibaba Group.

- Updated: 25th Nov 2020, 06:14 IST

Indian Government on Tuesday bans another 43 more mobile apps, mostly Chinese-owned. This fresh ban includes apps like AliExpress, CamCard, and Taobao Live, among others. Furthermore, it comes nearly three months after the government banned the popular battle royale game PUBG Mobile.

Also Read: Government of India Bans 59 Chinese Apps Including TikTok, Shareit, UC Browser

Additionally, it banned 117 other apps and games that had a link with China. Initially, they banned 59 Chinese apps that included some of the renowned ones. In addition, it included TikTok, Shareit, UC Browser, and WeChat.

“This action was taken based on the inputs regarding these apps for engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of state and public order.”

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology in a statement

The government had first banned 59 Chinese apps in June as tension with China peaked. Moreover, it was following the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers in a clash with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley.

Also Read: Govt Bans 117 More China Apps Including PUBG Mobile

In September, the government banned 118 more apps saying they posed a threat to the country’s sovereignty. Moreover, a total of 220 apps is now blocked. It includes the viral video platform TikTok and the popular mobile shooting game, PUBG.

The ministry added by saying that it issued the order for blocking access of these apps by users in the country based on “comprehensive reports received from Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center, Ministry of Home Affairs.” However, the government hasn’t provided any particular details about the issues resulting in the ban of the 43 apps.

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List of the 43 mobile apps banned by the government:

  1. AliSuppliers Mobile App
  2. Alibaba Workbench
  3. AliExpress – Smarter Shopping, Better Living
  4. Alipay Cashier
  5. Lalamove India – Delivery App
  6. Drive with Lalamove India
  7. Snack Video
  8. CamCard – Business Card Reader
  9. CamCard – BCR (Western)
  10. Soul- Follow the soul to find you
  11. Chinese Social – Free Online Dating Video App & Chat
  12. Date in Asia – Dating & Chat For Asian Singles
  13. WeDate-Dating App
  14. Free dating app-Single, start your date!
  15. Adore App
  16. TrulyChinese – Chinese Dating App
  17. TrulyAsian – Asian Dating App
  18. ChinaLove: dating app for Chinese singles
  19. DateMyAge: Chat, Meet, Date Mature Singles Online
  20. AsianDate: find Asian singles
  21. FlirtWish: chat with singles
  22. Guys Only Dating: Gay Chat
  23. Tubit: Live Streams
  24. WeWorkChina
  25. First Love Live- super hot live beauties live online
  26. Rela – Lesbian Social Network
  27. Cashier Wallet
  28. MangoTV
  29. MGTV-HunanTV official TV APP
  30. WeTV – TV version
  31. Conquista Online II
  32. WeTV Lite
  33. Lucky Live-Live Video Streaming App
  34. Taobao Live
  35. DingTalk
  36. Identity V
  37. Isoland 2: Ashes of Time
  38. BoxStar (Early Access)
  39. Heroes Evolved
  40. Happy Fish
  41. Jellipop Match-Decorate your dream island!
  42. Munchkin Match: magic home building
  43. WeTV – Cdrama, Kdrama&More

This is the fourth banning of apps that the government banned amid the ongoing standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in Eastern Ladakh. The government is committed to protecting the interests of citizens and the sovereignty and integrity of India on all fronts and it shall take all possible steps to ensure that.

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Highlights of the Story

  • The government has blocked about 267 apps in India till now.
  • It has been imposed under the provisions of Section 69A.
  • TikTok and PUBG Mobile are among the apps that were already banned.

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