59 Chinese Apps Banned, What’s Next?


The government imposed a ban on 59 Chinese applications including TikTok, Shareit and Club Factory. The reason for the action as quoted in a press release late on Monday is, to counter the threat posed by these applications to the country’s “sovereignty and security”.

Sources reveal that Ministry Of Electronics and IT has issued instructions to Google and Apple to eliminate the banned applications from their respective application stores. Apart from that, telecom operators and Internet service providers will be asked to block access and use of these applications on their networks.

Considering the rising tension between the borders of India and China, this step is being viewed as an important one. Let’s try to understand it in more details.

Why Chinese Applications Got Banned?

As per the information unveiled by the government, these Chinese applications are engaged in activities “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order.” The ban has been imposed under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009. Sources claim that another main reason behind this step was that data on Indian users was being transferred abroad without authorization.

Effect On China

•This step could come as a nasty blow to China’s Digital high-as-sky ambitions.

•It will cost a huge impact on the valuation of Chinese digital companies.

•. Loss in app economy leading to loss in revenue. For instance: 30% of the TikTok users used to be Indians and 10% of its revenue came from India.
Important Questions that needs to be answered:

What about the thousands of people who worked at the offices of these apps and lost their jobs?

Amid the pandemic, already employment opportunities have decreased. Has government arranged alternative job opportunity for these employees?

What about the Indian content creators who earned their living from these applications?

This step will cause a huge impact on the lives of thousands of content creators.

Will the ban be permanent?

TikTok was banned once in the past as well. It didn’t last long. Will it last forever this time?

Here is a complete list of the 59 banned apps:

  1. TikTok
  2. Shareit
  3. Kwai
  4. UC Browser
  5. Baidu map
  6. Shein
  7. Clash of Kings
  8. DU battery saver
  9. Helo
  10. Likee
  11. YouCam makeup
  12. Mi Community
  13. CM Browers
  14. Virus Cleaner
  15. APUS Browser
  16. ROMWE
  17. Club Factory
  18. DU Recorder
  19. Vault- Hide
  20. Cache Cleaner DU App studio
  21. DU Cleaner
  22. DU Browser
  23. Hago Play With New Friends
  24. Cam Scanner
  25. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
  26. Wonder Camera
  27. Photo Wonder
  28. QQ Player
  29. We Meet
  30. Sweet Selfie
  31. Baidu Translate
  32. Vmate
  33. QQ International
  34. QQ Security Center
  35. QQ Launcher
  36. U Video
  37. V fly Status Video
  38. Mobile Legends
  39. DU Privacy
  40. Newsdog
  41. Beauty Plus
  42. WeChat
  43. UC News
  44. QQ Mail
  45. Weibo
  46. Xender
  47. QQ Music
  48. QQ Newsfeed
  49. Bigo Live
  50. SelfieCity
  51. Mail Master
  52. Parallel Space
  53. Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
  54. WeSync
  55. ES File Explorer
  56. Viva Video – QU Video Inc
  57. Meitu
  58. Vigo Video
  59. New Video Status