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Government bans 43 mobile apps for ‘engaging in activities damaging to the integrity of India’

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The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology blocked 43 mobile applications on Tuesday for carrying out activities “harmful to the sovereignty and integrity of the country, defense, state security and public order.”

The decision to ban the apps for users in India was made following comprehensive reports from the Indian Cybercrime Coordination Center of the Interior Ministry, the IT Ministry said in a statement. WeWorkChina, AliExpress, CamCard and Snack Video are some of the mobile apps that were banned by the Center on Tuesday.

Earlier this year, on June 29, the government had blocked access to 59 mobile apps and a further 118 apps on September 2 under section 69A of the Information Technology Act. The move to ban the apps, of which the majority were Chinese, was called a digital attack on the neighboring nation with which India has been involved in a standoff along the Royal Line of Control (LAC) in the east. of Ladakh.

Previously, mobile applications such as TikTok, UC Browser, WeChat and Ludo were blocked by the government citing concerns that they are “ detrimental to the sovereignty and integrity of India, the defense of India, state security and public order ” .

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