Chinese apps ban list: After 59 Chinese apps ban, government blocks 47 more | India Business News
NEW DELHI: Government has banned 47 more Chinese applications They are apparently clones of the 59 apps that were previously banned, Times Now reported Monday.
Last month, the Center had banned up to 59 Chinese apps, including popular ones like TikTok, ShareIt and UC Browser amid border tensions with China.
The electronics and information technology ministry said the applications have been banned because they are detrimental to India’s sovereignty, integrity and defense.
Chinese internet companies have around 300 million unique users in India, indicating that nearly two-thirds of smartphone users in the country have downloaded a Chinese app, according to industry estimates.
With the uncertainty surrounding Chinese companies, given recent government moves about scanning investments or import shipments from across the border, buyers may opt for “safer bets,” phone company executives said. mobile.
Meanwhile, the Chinese short video platform TikTok has offered to set up an engineering center to design and develop products in India, while reiterating its plan to establish a local data center in a letter to the Indian government, senior officials said.
Kevin Mayer, CEO of US-based TikTok, who wrote to IT and electronics minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday shortly after the app, along with 58 other Chinese apps, was banned by the Center on Monday by National security concerns, has also sought a personal meeting to explain the data sharing practices of the ByteDance-owned platform.