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India bans 47 more Chinese apps

India bans 47 more Chinese apps”

The government has banned 47 Chinese apps in India.

Confirming the development, an IT Ministry official said the newly banned applications were mainly clones of the 59 applications banned last month.

Govt has commissioned a list of 275 Chinese apps, which are being monitored for violating user-privacy, and for posing a risk to India's integrity and security.

This follows the high-profile ban of 59 Chinese apps last month, including short video app TikTok, amid simmering geopolitical tensions between the two Asian giants.

In the recent past, Chinese apps have been flagged for alleged violations of data privacy norms. Political and security clearance from the Ministries of External and Home Affairs respectively will be mandatory.

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Emails sent by ET to Tencent, Kuaishou, Xiaomi, Bytedance and Alibaba didn't receive any reply.

The government may soon ban PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) in India.

Some of the other apps that have come under the government's radar include 14 Mi apps by smartphone maker Xiaomi, as well as apps from other Chinese tech companies such as Meitu, LBE Tech, Perfect Corp, Sina Corp, Netease Games and Yoozoo Global. Tencent bought a majority stake in the gaming company previous year. The government may ban some or all of these apps after its investigation. "There is a process ... there is a committee in place for such ban orders".

While TikTok had 20 crore users in India, PUBG has 17.5 crore users, and immensely popular among youngsters and gamers. TikTok, Club Factory and UC Browser and other apps put together had more than 500 million monthly active users in May, according to one of the top mobile insight firms.



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