NEW DELHI: The Indian government Monday banned as many as 59 China-origin mobile apps that include popular video-sharing TikTok and Helo apps, in addition to WeChat, Shareit, Likee, WeSync, Weibo, Vmate and Mi Community mobile apps.
The move has come following the growing public fury against Chinese products and mobile apps which have become popular in India, after a recent deadly skirmish between Indian troops and the Chinese People Liberation Army in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed and others wounded.
Upon receiving of recent credible inputs that such apps pose threat to sovereignty and integrity of India, the government of India has decided to disallow the usage of certain apps, used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet-enabled devices, a government statement read.
In view of the emergent nature of threats, the government has decided to block 59 apps since in view of the information available they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order.
“The Ministry of Information Technology is 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,” it said in a statement said.
The statement further said that the Ministry of Information Technology had 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.