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

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

Anti-China and #BoycottChina sentiments are at their peak due to the growing tension on the LAC border. Amid ongoing protests, the government banned 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 data. Various complaints were filed for stealing user data, and 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, defense of India, the security of the state and public order.” The ban has been imposed under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act.

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.

Here’s 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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