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Government bans 59 China-linked apps TikTok, Helo, Shein; Check full list here

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 30 June 2020, 0:11 IST

Amid ongoing border tensions between India and China, the government of India has taken a major decision by announcing a ban on 59 Chinese applications.

The list of apps banned by the government includes popular music-video app i.e. TikTok.

Citing the privacy concern, the government has decided to ban 59 apps, by claiming that these apps were engaged in activities that were prejudicial to the sovereignty, integrity, and defence of India.

According to the press release, "The Ministry of Information Technology, invoking it’s power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59 apps since in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.”

The press release further added that the Ministry of Information Technology has received “many representations that were raising concerns from citizens regarding security of data and risk privacy relating to operation of certain apps.”

“The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has also received many representations from citizens regarding the security of data and breach of privacy impacting upon public order issues," the press release read.

This is one of the biggest decisions that the government has taken against China amid the border tensions between two countries.

In the India and China clash, the Indian Army 20 personnel, including an Indian commanding officer, were martyred in the Galwan valley face-off.

Check out the list of Chinese apps banned by the Indian government:

1. TikTok
2. Shareit
3. Helo
4. UC Browser
5. Baidu map
6. Shein
7. Club Factory
8. WeChat
9. Kwai
10. Likee
11. Virus Cleaner
12. Viva Video - QU Video Inc
13. CM Browers
14. YouCam makeup
15. DU battery saver
17. Clash of Kings
18. APUS Browser
19. Beauty Plus
20. Newsdog
21. UC News
22. Bigo Live
23. Weibo
24. Mi Video Call - Xiaomi
25. QQ Music
26. QQ Newsfeed
27. QQ Mail
28. SelfieCity
29. Mail Master
30. Parallel Space
31. Xender
32. WeSync
33. Hago Play With New Friends
34. Mi Community
35. Meitu
36. Vigo Video
37. New Video Status
38. Cache Cleaner DU App studio
39. Vault- Hide
40. DU Recorder
41. DU Cleaner
42. DU Browser
43. ES File Explorer
44. U Video
45. Clean Master - Cheetah Mobile
46. Wonder Camera
47. V fly Status Video
48. QQ Player
49. We Meet
50. DU Privacy
51. Sweet Selfie
52. Vmate
53. QQ International
54. QQ Security Center
55. QQ Launcher
56. Cam Scanner
57. Photo Wonder
58. Mobile Legends
59. Baidu Translate

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First published: 29 June 2020, 23:35 IST