India has banned 59 Chinese smartphone apps, including the most popular video sharing app, Tikt0k.
The Indian government’s decision comes amid growing tensions with China over a boycott of Chinese goods, apps and software.
However, a statement issued by the Indian government did not say whether the banned apps were Chinese. However, most of the banned apps are made in China or owned by Chinese companies.
Among those banned are apps including UC Browser and ShareIt, along with Tiktok, which is becoming very popular not only in India but also in the world. Prohibited apps include gaming, beauty cameras, browsers, news and other utility apps.
According to India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the apps have been banned as they are detrimental to India’s sovereignty and unity, security and order. The banned apps will be banned on both Android and iOS platforms.
A statement issued by the ministry said, “This step is taken to ensure the security of Indian cyberspace in the interest of millions of mobile and internet users in India.”
With the Indian government’s ban, both Android and iOS platforms will now have to remove those apps from their stores in India. Although India has announced a ban on apps, it has not asked users who have already installed the apps not to use or uninstall such apps. This means that users who have already installed the mentioned apps on their mobile will be able to use those apps until they remove them themselves.
However, once those apps are removed from the App Store, users will not receive updates on apps already installed on their mobile phones.
List of 59 apps banned by the Government of India:
Clash of Kings
DU battery saver
My Video Call – Xiaomi
ES File Explorer
Viva Video – QU Video Inc
New Video Status
Cache Cleaner DU App studio
Hago Play With New Friends
Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
QQ Security Center
V fly Status Video