The government on 2nd September banned 118 applications- a majority of being Chinese, including popular ones such as PUBG, WeChat Work, CamCard, Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade and Alipay; stating that these were "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, security of State and public order." This is in addition to banned Chinese 59 apps including TikTok, Shareit, club Factory, Shein in June to ensure safe cyberspace in the country. These banned chinese apps had over billions of potential Indian users and these apps were successful in luring the users to download them in large numbers.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity), said it was invoking its 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 118 mobile apps; engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.
It's such a sheer loss to our country's dignity and economy that all the while we are bragging and outraging against any service provided to us by China , we never lose to stay in their top 3 users.
The list of banned apps in India includes apps like PUBG, Baidu, AppLock, TikTok, ShareIt, WeChat, UC Browser and so on. A recent study reveals that India has been the world’s fastest-growing app-market over the past few years. Reports suggest that Chinese apps are ruling the Indian app market as users have downloaded them in significant numbers. However, Indian intelligence agencies asked government to block 118 mobile applications as being a threat to national security. India's security agencies raised concerns that apps in the list of banned Chinese apps are safe.
As tensions at India and china border has to lead to another list of banned Chinese apps. India’s ministry of information and technology has issued 118 Chinese mobile apps to banned from the Indian market.
List Of Chinese Apps That Got Banned On 2nd September 2020
| 118 Chinese Apps That Got Banned on 2 September 2020 |
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| 1. Apus Launcher Pro-Theme, Live, Wallpapers, Smart |
|2. Apus Launcher-Theme, Call show, Wallpaper, Hide Apps |
|3. Apus Security-Antivirus, Phone Security, Cleaner |
|4. Apus Turbo Cleaner 2020-Junk Cleaner, Anti-virus|
|5. Apus Flashlights-Free & Bright|
|6. Cut Cut- Cut Out & Photo Background Editor|
|8. Baidu Express Edition|
|9. FaceU- Inspire Your Beauty|
|10. ShareSave by Xiomi: Latest Gadgets, Amazing deals|
|11. Camcard- Business Card Reader|
|12. Camcard For SalesForce|
|13. Camcard Business|
|16. VooV Meeting- Tencent Video Conferencing|
|17. Super Clean- Master Of Cleaner, Phone Booster|
|18. WeChat Reading|
|19. Government WeChat|
|20. Small Q Brush|
|21. Tencent Weiyun|
|23. WeChat Work|
|24. Cyber Hunter|
|25. Cyber Hunter Lite|
|26. Knives Out-No rules, Just Fight|
|27. Super Mecha Champions|
|29. Dawn Of Isles|
|30. Ludo World-Ludo Superstar|
|31. Chess Rush|
|32. PUBG Mobile Nordic Map:Livik|
|33. PUBG Mobile Lite|
|34. Rise Of Kingdoms:Lost Crusade|
|35. Art Of Conquest: Dark Horizon|
|36. Dank Tanks|
|38. Game Of Sultans|
|39. Gallery Vault: Hide Picture And Videos|
|40. Smart AppLock|
|41. Message Lock(SMS Lock)|
|42. Hide App-Hide Application Icon|
|44. AppLock Lite|
|45. Dual Space- Multiple Accounts & App Cloner|
|46. ZAKZAK Pro- Live Chat & Video Chat Online|
|47. ZAKZAK LIVE: Live Chat & Video Chat|
|48. Music-Mp3 Player|
|49. Music Player- Audio Player & 10 Bands Equilizer|
|50. HD Camera Selfie Beauty Camera|
|51. Cleaner- Phone Booster|
|52. Web Browser & Fast Explorer|
|53. Video Player All Format For Android|
|54. Photo Gallery & Album|
|55. Photo Gallery HD & Editor|
|56. Music player- Bass Booster- free Download|
|57. HD Camera- Beauty Cam With Filters & Panorama|
|58.HD Camera Pro & Selfie Camera|
|59. Music Player- MP3 Player & 10 Bands Equilizer|
|60. Gallery HD|
|61. Web Browser- Fast, privacy & Light Web Explorer |
|62. Web Browser- Secure Explorer|
|63. Music Player- Audio Player|
|64. Video Player- All Format HD Video Player|
|65. Lamour Love All Over The World|
|66. Amour- Video Chat & Call All Over The World|
|67. MV Master- Make Your Status Video & Community|
|68. MV Master- Best Video Maker & Photo Video Editor|
|69. APUS Message Center-Intelligent Management|
|70. LivU Meet New People & Video Chat With Strangers|
|71. Carron Friends: Carrom Board & Pool Game|
|72. Ludo All Star- Play Online Ludo Game & Board Games|
|73. Bike Racing: Moto Traffic Rider Bike Racing Games|
|74. Rangers Of Oblivion: Online ACtion MMO RPG Game|
|75. GO SMS PRO- Messanger, Free Themes, Emoji|
|76. Z Camera- Photo Editor, Beauty Selfie, Collage|
|77. U-Dictionary: OXford Dictionary Freee Now Translate|
|78. Ulike- Define Your Selfie In Trendy Style|
|79. Tantan-Date For Real|
|80. MICO Chat: New Friends Banaen Aur Live Chat Karen|
|81. Kitty Live- Live Streaming & Video Live Chat|
|82. Malay Social Dating App to Date & Meet Singles|
|85. Mobile Taobao|
|87. Road Of Kings-Endless Glory|
|88. Sina News|
|89. Netease News|
|90. Penguin FM|
|91. Murderous Pursuits|
|92. Tencent Watchlist Tencent technology|
|93. Learn Chinese AI-Super Chinese|
|94. HUYA LIVE- Game Live Stream|
|95. Little Q Album|
|96. Fighting Landlors- Free and Happy Fighting Landlords|
|97. Hi Meitu|
|98. Mobile Legends: Pockets|
|99. VPN for TikTok|
|100. VPN For TikTok|
|101. penguin E-Sports Live Assistant|
|102. Buy cars- Offer Everything You Need, Special Offers And Low prices|
|104. Beauty Camera Plus- sweet Camera & Face Selfie|
|105. Parallel Space Lite- Dual App|
|106. Chief Almighty: First Thunder BC|
|107. MARVEL Super War NetEase Games|
|108. AFK Arena|
|109. Creative Destruction NetEase Games|
|110. Crusaders Of Light NetEase Games|
|111. Mafia City Yotta Games|
|112. Onmyojio NetEase Games|
|113. RideOut Heroes NetEase Games|
|114. Yimeng Jianghu-chu Liuxiang has been fully updated|
|115. Legend: Rising Empire NetEase Games|
|116. Arena Of Valor:5v5 Arena Games|
|117. Soul Hunnters|
|118. Rules Of Survival|
Chinese Apps banned in India
Most Popular Chinese Apps among the Top 100 in India
- Social content platforms: Helo and SHARE it
- Entertainment and short video apps: TikTok, LIKE, and Kwai
- Web browser apps: UCBrowser and UCBrowserMini
- Video and live streaming apps: LiveMe, Bigo Live, and VigoVideo
- Utility applications: BeautyPlus, Xender and Cam Scanner
- Gaming apps and software: PUBG, Clash of Kings, Mobile Legends
- E-commerce applications: ClubFactory, Shein, and Romwe
Pandemic and Politics
Wednesday's announcements comes amid renewed tensions between India and China owing to the stand-off on the disputed boundary in Ladakh that has beeen on since May 2020. In a statement, the government said this move would safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and Internet usera and teh decision was a targeted move to ensure safety, security and sovereignty of Indian Cyberspace.
By this, it's crystal clear that China's sole motive is to raise Beijing's profile as a leading power of humanitarian assistance throughout the globe. China's bilionaire diplomacy aims to achieve three immediate objectives:
- shift the focus away from talking about the origin of corona virus in Wuhan
- establish makeover
- expanding their market in every possible way
- become the biggest economy all over the world.
For India, the pandemic presents an opportunity to demonstrate its willingness and capacity to shoulder more responsibility. It's been a backlash that China is being criticised for their cheap winning tricks to conquer the world. It should be known that political impact of corona virus pandemic is yet to crystallize.
Since , the COVID-19 has been a great leveller across the world and we know that it’s effects stand to be devastating. Both countries , India and China , have sent their troops towards LAC (Line of Actual Control). The aggression seems to rise in it’s various form.
Complaints of Misuse
The Ministry said it had received many complaints about the misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users' data in an unauthorised manner to servers that have locations outside India. "The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of our country, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures," it stated.
Additionally, the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs, has sent an exhaustive recommendation for blocking these "malicious apps" and similar bipartisan concerns have been flagged by various public representatives, both outside and inside Indian Parliament.
Sonam Wangchuk Went #BOYCOTT-ing!
Sonam Wangchuk, whose works inspired “3 Idiots" , posted a video on You tube. It said that Indians should boycott everything which is from China to avenge the tensions between the two biggest economies.
Wangchuk believes that the only way to defeat China is by using "wallet power”. We all know that the Chinese products and goods that we buy have been funding their army since a very long time ago.It’s high time and we should boycott them and stop them there itself.
Soon after Wangchuk's video went viral, #BoycottChina, #BoycottMadeinChina, #BoycottChineseApps and #BoycottTiktok began trending on social media. Bollywood actor MilindSoman also joined the bandwagon and decided to uninstall Chinese app Tiktok from his phone.
Not just celebrities, but many Indians have taken the hatred all over the internet since the beginning of the pandemic. Several even wanted to take revenge against China for the same. In fact, many Indians have been searching on Google-- "how to delete or remove Chinese apps" from their phones.
It’s funny how every hatred towards anyone is actually thrown away very casually by using a simple terminology boycott.We are left with only one solution. To boycott it. Boycott movies. Boycott apps. Why, even boycott human beings!
Every time, when something against national interest happens, we witness such outrages against some app and services.
The only reasons of bans and protests are:
- privacy concerns
Since 2018, TikTok happens to be one of the most popular apps in India even today, even after countless calls for bans. As a matter of fact, TikTok is a legit source of income for several Indians. I don’t know how embarrassing it is, but the employment sector of India is made fun of because so called 'Youth of India' is busy making TikTok. We have taken a mere fight all over the internet which was TikTok vs. YouTube. Can anyone believe this !
If you were to scour through and delete all Chinese apps, your phone (assuming it isn't made in China) would probably be left with only a handful of apps. but that's how we can work more, and this can also genrate a source of income for youngsters who hav keen interest in this field. PM Modi asked out all the youngsters to create gaming applications in his recent 'Mann Ki Baat'. Who would know that this was for banning majority of gaming Applications in the country.
The Defense Fears of Cyberespionage
Based on information collected by Indian intelligence agencies, the Indian government fears Following security risks and cyber espionage attempts. Chinese spies could collect critical information through malware and spyware in Android and iOS apps. The information is then sent to servers in China and could be used to get details on army location. Army troops, especially, border troops from the Indian Armed Force and Central Armed Police Personnel (CAPF) are asked to urgently uninstall them from their smart phones.
Also, devices made in China, such as Huawei and ZTE have already been banned from use by international border troops in the LAC region (Line of Actual Control). Its been noted that the ban does not apply in whole country due to obvious reasons.
"REMOVE CHINA APPS" Bagged 5M Downloads
Many Indian developers have been working to compete with the Chinese market of apps. App developers One Touch AppLabs launched an application - 'Remove China Apps' on May 17. As the name suggests, it's work is same. When you download the app, you can run a scan through your phone. It will detect the Chinese apps on your phone and give you an option to delete them. If you click on the red bin icon next to the concerned app, it will uninstall the app from your phone. Several people have also shared screenshots on social media to show that they've used the app.
The app was at the top spot of Google Play's top free apps list and it has been downloaded by over 5 million Indian users since its launch. This development came at a time when anti-China sentiment is high in the country, sparked by the novel corona virus pandemic, India-China border dispute, and more. But later the app was taken down from Google Play store a few weeks ago.
Another app playing on similar sentiments – Mitron – has also gained traction over the last several days and is being touted as an alternate to TikTok.
Since there is no immediate replacement of certain Chinese apps, one of the top leading industries of India, JIO has offered a wide range of apps too. Even if there are many alternatives , then also we are left with the only one to reply such aggression in a polite way.