The govt banned 59 Chinese mobile applications, including top social media platforms such as TikTok, Helo and WeChat, to counter the threat posed by these applications to the country’s “sovereignty and security,” it said in a press release late on Monday. ShareIT, UC browser and shopping app Clubfactory are among the other prominent apps that have been blocked amid rising tensions between India and China following clashes at the border two weeks ago.
The government said the applications are engaged in activities “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, it said
India Bans 59 Mobile Apps
Apps Now Blocked By India
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 16. ROMWE 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 Privacyhttps://www.youtube.com/embed/x5avoQi-rr0?feature=oembed
HOW BLOCKING IS WORKING
Beyond blocking future downloads of the apps, the second layer of restriction will come in the form of prospective downloads of updates and patches that may make the apps redundant for existing users.
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) is also coordinating with the department of telecommunication (both portfolios held by Ravi Shankar Prasad) to create further roadblocks for the use of these apps in case of existing users.
DoT has asked internet service providers or ISPs and TSPs to block the flow of data for these apps. The same method was earlier used to block several foreign and pornography sites. Through this technology, the flow of data for these apps would be blocked at the internet gateways.
Interestingly, China has been successfully using these methods to block its citizen from using popular sites like Facebook and search engines like Google.
In the UAE, the government has blocked WhatsApp calls through these methods. While WhatsApp chat is allowed, calling has been barred.
Meanwhile, TikTok on Tuesday said it is in the process of complying with the government’s order on blocking of the app, and asserted that it has not shared information of Indian users with any foreign government, including that of China.
The short video-sharing company said it has been invited to meet with concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications.