The Central government on 29th June, banned 59 Chinese Applications including the popular TiKTok, WeChat and UC Browser. Out of the banned list, 10 are phone application. The move comes after the border tension at the Eastern part of India and the recent violent face-off at Galwan Valley that killed 10 Indian Army soliders and one commanding officer.
The 10 Mobile banned applications are TikToK, Shareit , Shein, UC Browser, Helo,Clash of Kings, WEsync,Cache Cleaner and Cam Scanner
The other applications include, Kwai, Baidu map, DU Battery saver,Likee , YouCam Makeup, Mi Community, CM Browser
Virus Cleaner, APUS Browser, ROMWE, Club factory, Newsdog, Beutry Plus, WeChat, UC News, QQ Mail, WEibo, Xender, QQ Music, QQ Newsfeed, Bigo Live, SelfieCity, Mail Master, Parallel Space, Mi Video call-Xiaomi, Viva Video, News Video status, DU Recorder, Vacult-Hide, Cache cleaner DU App studio, DU cleaner, DU Broswer, Hago play with new friends, Cam Scanner, Clean master-Cheetah Mobile, Wonder Camera, Photo Wonder, QQ player We Meet, Sweet Selfie, Baidu Tanslate, Vmate, QQ International, QQ Security Center, QQ launcher, U Video, V Fly status, Video, mobile legends and DU Privacy.
The development was welcomed by many Union government ministers, BJP Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “For safety, security, defence, sovereignty & integrity of India and to protect data & privacy of people of India the Government has banned 59 mobile apps.
Government Bans 59 mobile apps which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order#59Chinese
— PIB India (@PIB_India) June 29, 2020
However the development also brought curtains down on TikTok stars. According to data India, in 2019 top the list of countries with the most number of downloads of the mobile application TikTok. The Chinese video-sharing application was formerly known as Musical.ly.
Sensor Tower, a top data and insights provider for mobile marketers and app developers, revealed the unsurprising piece of information. According to its data, India in 2019, stands first amongst many countries for the number of monthly download of the application.
The data from January 2017 to September 2019 shows India with 0.137 million downloads back in January 2017 and 26.471 million downloads until September 2019. This stat also includes Musical.ly downloads along with TikTok. Between the two years featured in the statistics, India reached a record high of 32.253 million in January 2019.