Explained: Why govt will enforce ban on TikTok and other Chinese apps and what will be its impact in India
New Delhi : The government’s decision to ban 59 mobile apps, most of which are Chinese, came amid the heightened tensions between India and China following the Galwan Valley clash that claimed lives of 20 Indian soldiers and the widespread calls to boycott Chinese products that followed.
The list of apps includes some popular Chinese apps like TikTok, Shareit, UC Browser and Helo. It also includes Likee, CamScanner, Vigo Video, Mi Video Call – Xiaomi, Clash of Kings as well as e-commerce platforms Club Factory and Shein.
The government has also banned a clutch of apps of Chinese handset maker Xiaomi, including Mi Community and Mi Video Call. Xiaomi is India’s largest handset brand.
Apps banned under Section 69A of IT Act
The IT Ministry said it has invoked its power under section 69A of the IT Act and rules, and has decided to block 59 apps in view of information available that they are “engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.