India’s second digital strike on China: Bans 47 clones of Chinese apps banned earlier

The development came just days after the Indian government warned the makers of the banned 59 apps of Chinese origin, strictly comply with the ban order.

Written by July 27, 2020 15:00

New Delhi: The government has banned 47 Chinese apps in India, after 59 China-based apps were banned in June-end. These 47 apps were acting as clones of the 59 banned Chinese apps.

India’s second digital strike on China: Bans 47 clones of Chinese apps banned earlier

The development came just days after the Indian government warned the makers of the banned 59 apps of Chinese origin, strictly comply with the ban order. The 47 apps that have been banned by the latest decision of the government were operating as the clones of the 59 apps that were banned last month, according to a tweet posted by DD News

Citing the “emergent nature of threats” from mobile applications, including popular ones of Chinese origin such as TikTok, ShareIt, UCBrowser, Club Factory and CamScanner, the Centre had banned 59 apps on June 29 based on information that they were engaged in activities “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity”, defence, security and public order.

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It is believed that some top gaming Chinese apps including PUBG Mobile would be a part of the new list of banned apps. However, the government is yet to release the details pertaining to the development.