India bans 47 more Chinese apps which were variants of 59 apps banned in June

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New Delhi (NVI): The Union government today announced a ban on 47 Chinese apps, which were variants and cloned copies of the 59 apps banned earlier in June.

These banned clones include Tiktok Lite, Helo Lite, SHAREit Lite, BIGO LIVE Lite and VFY Lite.

The list of all the 47 Chinese applications banned by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology will be released soon.

The government has drawn up a list of 275 Chinese apps and will see if there is any violation in terms of national security and user privacy, according to media reports.

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.

The ban of Chinese applications came amid LAC border tensions with China in Eastern Ladakh.

-CHK