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Government bans 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, UC Browser as India-China border tensions intensify


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As tensions along the border continue between Indian and China, the Narendra Modi government has decided to ban 59 Chinese apps.

The government press release stated, "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 government release said that the Ministry of Information Technology has received "many representations raising concerns from citizens regarding security of data and risk to privacy relating to operation of certain apps".

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

TikTok is one of the most popular apps in India, which has more users in the country followed by China and the US.

Here is the complete list of all 59 apps:

01.    TikTok
02.    Shareit
03.    Kwai
04.    UC Browser
05.    Baidu map 
06.    Shein 
07.    Clash of Kings 
08.    DU battery saver 
09.    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 Privacy

(THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS)