Hyderabad: The Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology blocked 43 mobile apps in India under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act.
Included in the list were Ali Supplier, Alibaba Workbench, Ali Express and Alipay Cashier which belong to Alibaba, owned by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma.
"This action was taken based on the inputs regarding these apps for engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and the integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order," said the government in its statement.
The government also added that the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has issued the order for blocking the access of these apps by users in India based on the comprehensive reports received from Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs.
Earlier on 29 June 2020, the Government of India had blocked access to 59 mobile apps and on 2 September, the government banned 118 apps under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act. "Government is committed to protect the interests of citizens and sovereignty and integrity of India on all fronts and it shall take all possible steps to ensure that," said the government.