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India bans 59 Chinese apps including TikTok

Amidst the rising tensions between India and China following clashes at the border two weeks ago, the Indian government banned 59 Chinese mobile applications, including top social media platform, TikTok.

The primary reason that was given was that the apps were “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”. The ban has been imposed under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009.

The Indian government also cited complaints about data on Indian users being shared with the Chinese government without any authorization. The head of TikTok India issued a statement saying that the company has “not shared any information of our users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese government”. He also said on Twitter that the company had been invited to meet “concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications.” Other app makers are yet to respond to the ban.

It still remains unclear how these bans would work as Indians who have already downloaded TikTok on their phones are still able to use the app.

Here is the complete list of the apps that were banned:

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
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 Translate
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