Centre bans another 43 Chinese apps

Government claims these apps posed a threat to sovereignty and integrity of India.Tags: India, Chi


NEW DELHI: In its fourth round of crackdown on China-origin apps, the Indian government has blocked 43 mobile apps, including AliExpress, CamCard, and Taobao Live, among others. Users will no longer be able to access these applications in India. The ban has been imposed under section 69A of the Information Technology Act.

The Ministry of electronics and IT has issued the order for blocking access to these apps by users in India based on the comprehensive reports received from Indian cyber crime co-ordination center, ministry of home affairs.

"This action was taken based on the inputs regarding these apps for engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order", the official statement from the Centre said.

Previously, the Union government on 28 June blocked access to 59 Chinese-origin apps that included TikTok, Shareit, UC Browser, and WeChat, among other popular names. That was followed by another ban on about 47 apps that were mostly clones or different versions of the already banned apps. On 2 September, the government imposed a ban on 118 apps and games including PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite. 

The decision was taken owing to tensions in India-China relations following conflict at the border, and to protect the private data of Indian citizens. The political climate between the two nations has not been cordial especially after China was found guilty of encroaching the Indian space. There were bloody clashes between the two sides on the border.

Here is the complete list of  banned apps:

·         AliSuppliers Mobile App

·         Alibaba Workbench

·         AliExpress - Smarter Shopping, Better Living

·         Alipay Cashier

·         Lalamove India - Delivery App

·         Drive with Lalamove India

·         Snack Video

·         CamCard - Business Card Reader

·         CamCard - BCR (Western)

·         Soul- Follow the soul to find you

·         Chinese Social - Free Online Dating Video App & Chat

·         Date in Asia - Dating & Chat For Asian Singles

·         WeDate-Dating App

·         Free dating app-Singol, start your date!

·         Adore App

·         TrulyChinese - Chinese Dating App

·         TrulyAsian - Asian Dating App

·         ChinaLove: dating app for Chinese singles

·         DateMyAge: Chat, Meet, Date Mature Singles Online

·         AsianDate: find Asian singles

·         FlirtWish: chat with singles

·         Guys Only Dating: Gay Chat

·         Tubit: Live Streams

·         WeWorkChina

·         First Love Live- super hot live beauties live online

·         Rela - Lesbian Social Network

·         Cashier Wallet

·         MangoTV

·         MGTV-HunanTV official TV APP

·         WeTV - TV version

·         WeTV - Cdrama, Kdrama&More

·         WeTV Lite

·         Lucky Live-Live Video Streaming App

·         Taobao Live

·         DingTalk

·         Identity V

·         Isoland 2: Ashes of Time

·         BoxStar (Early Access)

·         Heroes Evolved

·         Happy Fish

·         Jellipop Match-Decorate your dream island!

·         Munchkin Match: magic home building

·         Conquista Online II

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