Indian Government Bans TikTok, Xiaomi, WeChat, and 56 other apps

An issue has been going on between the Indian government and the Chinese government which some people tag as political move following the border stand-off during which 20 Indian soldiers were killed.

Now, the Indian Government has announced that it’s banned 59 mobile applications, including TikTok, WeChat, and Mi Community


The reason is, as stated during a press release, the Ministry of data Technology “has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about the misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India”.

There were multiple reports from the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, the Ministry of Home Affairs, and therefore the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) that these mobile apps are a threat to national security and risk to the privacy of Indian citizens. the govt of India has decided to disallow the usage of certain Apps, used both by mobile and non-mobile users.

Looking at the list, we see predominantly service apps that are advertised in India as must-haves – a file explorer, document scanner, RAM cleaner, an independent sharing service, but no major platforms with in-game purchases like PUBG, for instance. However, platforms by major Chinese companies weren’t spared – we see Baidu apps, Alibaba’s UC Browser, and Tencent’s ecosystem of QQ apps.

Among smartphone manufacturers, Xiaomi is that the sole company with a number of its apps being banned, there’s nothing on Huawei, albeit the Shenzhen company has massive issues with the United States government.

Here’s the complete list of blocked apps, as given by the Indian government:

  • TikTok
  • Shareit
  • Kwai
  • UC Browser
  • Baidu map
  • Shein
  • Clash of Kings
  • DU battery saver
  • Helo
  • Likee
  • YouCam makeup
  • Mi Community
  • CM Browers
  • Virus Cleaner
  • APUS Browser
  • 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
  • WeSync
  • ES File Explorer
  • Viva Video – QU Video Inc
  • Meitu
  • Vigo Video
  • New Video Status
  • DU Recorder
  • Vault-Hide
  • Cache Cleaner DU App studio
  • DU Cleaner
  • DU Browser
  • Hago Play With New Friends
  • Cam Scanner
  • Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
  • Wonder Camera
  • Photo Wonder
  • QQ Player
  • We Meet
  • Sweet Selfie
  • Baidu Translate
  • Vmate
  • QQ International
  • QQ Security Center
  • QQ Launcher
  • U Video
  • V fly Status Video
  • Mobile Legends
  • DU Privacy

The question is how is the Indian Government getting to implement this ban going with the very fact that these apps already installed on some Indian citizens phone still work effortlessly.

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