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TikTok, UC Browser and Shareit Among 59 other Chinese apps banned in India

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Govt. of India on Monday has announced a ban on 59 Chinese apps.

Anti-China and #BoycottChina sentiments are at its peak due to the growing tension on the LAC border. Amid ongoing protests, the government imposed a ban on 59 Chinese apps including top social media platforms like TikTok, Helo, Kwai, and WeChat, popular apps like UC Browser, Shareit, CamScanner and Club Factory are also included in the list.

According to the Ministry of Information Technology, these “malicious applications” were engaged in breaching of data and various complaints were filed for stealing of user data, then sending them to servers located outside India without authorization. 

The government stated that these apps are engaged in activities “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order.” The ban has been imposed under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act.

Press release.

Many apps like TikTok, UC Browser, and Clean Master had been previously accused and taken down for transmitting users’ data without their knowledge. Recently TikTok also faced a huge backlash over the concerns for spreading hate and sexual content, which led to dragging its rating to as low as 1.2 on Google Play Store (now rating is restored to 4.5 after Google deleted 8 million reviews on Play Store).

Many netizens are also confused about whether popular android games like PUBG and Call of Duty are banned or not, which are owned by Chinese tech giant Tencent. As of now, there is no news on this topic.

This is the complete list of banned applications:

1. TikTok

2. UC Browser

3. Kwai

4. Shareit

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

16. ROMWE

17. Club Factory

18. Newsdog

19. Beauty 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

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