India prohibits TikTok, WeChat and Xiaomi apps from growing conflicts with China

The Government of India has declared the ban on 59 smartphone apps, including TikTok, WeChat and Mi Group. The explanation is that, as reported in a press release, the Ministry of Information Technology "has received a range of complaints from various sources, including many allegations of misuse of certain mobile applications installed on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transferring user data to servers located outside India."

There have been multiple reports from the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) that these mobile apps pose a threat to the national security and privacy of Indian citizens. The Government of India has agreed to restrict the usage of such devices used by both smartphone and non-mobile consumers.

Looking at the list, we see predominantly service apps advertised in India as must-haves-file scanners, document detectors, RAM cleaning products, an independent sharing service, but no major in-game purchase platforms like PUBG, for example. Nevertheless, the websites of big Chinese firms have not been spared-we see Baidu software, Alibaba's UC Browser, and Tencent's QQ app ecosystem.

Between mobile makers, Xiaomi is the only company that prohibits any of its apps, although Huawei has little to do about it, even if Shenzhen has huge problems with the US government.

It is expected to be a diplomatic move and a statement against China, after the border stand-off in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed. At the time of writing this article, we tried to download some of the apps from Google Play and run others that were already installed, all of which worked effortlessly, asking how the Indian Government is planning to implement this ban.

Here's the complete list of blocked applications, as stated by the Government of India:

  • 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

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