47 Chinese Apps Banned Again In 2nd Digital Strike; 250 More Including PUBG Apps Under Scanner
Indian Government on Monday, July 27, 2020, banned another set of 47 Chinese apps, which are said to be clones of the 58 apps including TikTok banned in the first round in June.
The list of the 47 apps including Tiktok Lite, Helo Lite, SHAREit Lite, BIGO LIVE Lite and VFY Lite, that were banned in the second digital strike is yet to be released by the government, and is expected to be announced officially in the next 24 hours.
— DD News (@DDNewslive) July 27, 2020
These apps are reportedly a part of the list of over 250 apps, including apps linked to Alibaba, prepared by the Indian Government, or allegedly sharing Indian user data with Chinese agencies. The Government is said to review these apps closely for any user privacy or national security violations, according to the government sources, reported by India Today.
It has been reported that the list also includes Tencent-backed gaming app PUBG, and some other top gaming Chinese applications.
Earlier last month, in the move to protect national interest and security, the government banned 59 apps including CamScanner, SHAREit, TikTok, Helo, WeChat, and UC Browser, under the provisions of Section 69A of the Information Technology Act.
The new 47 apps banned were reportedly operating as the clones of those 59 apps, and that the Government has ordered telecommunication services to block access to these apps and their websites.
[We will update the news, when the list of the new 47 apps is officially released.]