India bans 60 Chinese apps, including TikTok, but enforcement of ban unclear

India has officially instituted a Chinese app ban which specifically targets 60 applications.
Among the apps is that the insanely popular TikTok also as another favorites of Android users.
India hasn’t given any indication for a way it’ll enforce this ban, though, making it largely symbolic for now.

Today, the Indian government officially instituted a Chinese app ban which bans 60 apps. a number of the apps are relatively unknown but a couple of of them are incredibly popular, including the worldwide phenomenon TikTok.

We learned the news via Twitter, but we had heard rumblings of a Chinese app ban within the country as early as fortnight ago.

In a statement on the matter, the Ministry of Electronics & IT says the apps in question are “engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.” you’ll see the complete statement in images below also because the tweet where we found the info:

There are exactly 60 applications a part of the Chinese app ban, most of which we were sure would seem on the official list, However, there are a couple of we didn’t expect.

India Chinese app ban: The official list

  1. TikTok
  2. Mi Community
  3. Weibo
  4. WeChat
  5. SHAREit
  6. Clash of Kings
  7. DU recorder
  8. YouCam Makeup
  9. DU Battery Saver
  10. DU Browser
  11. DU Cleaner
  12. DU Privacy
  13. DU Recorder
  14. Clean Master – Cheetah
  15. Cache Cleaner
  16. DU Apps Studio
  17. Baidu Translate
  18. Baidu Map
  19. QQ Launcher
  20. QQ Security Centre
  21. QQ Player
  22. QQ Music
  23. QQ Mail
  24. QQ NewsFeed
  25. WeSync
  26. QQ International
  27. New Video Status
  28. V Fly Status Video
  29. Mobile Legends
  30. Vmate
  1. ES File Explorer
  2. Mi Video call-Xiaomi
  3. Parallel Space
  4. SelfieCity
  5. Mail Master
  6. Vault-Hide
  7. Vigo Video
  8. Bigo Live
  9. UC News
  10. UC Browser
  11. BeautyPlus
  12. Xender
  13. ClubFactory
  14. Helo
  15. LIKEE
  16. Kwai
  17. ROMWE
  18. SHEIN
  19. NewsDog
  20. Wonder Camera
  21. Photo Wonder
  22. APUS Browser
  23. VivaVideo- QU Video Inc
  24. CM Browser
  25. Virus Cleaner (Hi Security Lab)
  26. Meitu
  27. Hago Play With New Friends
  28. Cam Scanner
  29. We Meet
  30. Sweet Selfie

Unfortunately, although the statement makes it clear which apps are a part of this Chinese app ban, it doesn’t in the least explain how India will enforce this new policy. As far as we will tell, all the apps above are still available on the Google Play Store and can still work on people’s phones who have already got them downloaded.

In addition, a number of the apps above are stock apps that accompany devices, specifically the Xiaomi-branded apps. it might be difficult to get rid of stock apps like these, even with a Play Store removal, so would that make the phone itself banned, too?

It’s very possible this is often just a symbolic ban, but we’ve reached bent Google to seek out out if the corporate has any plans for following this new Chinese app ban for India. we’ll allow you to know if the corporate gets back to us with a press release .

In the meantime, if you’re in India and use one among the apps above you’re technically violating the ban — but, with none listed repercussions for doing so, we don’t skills serious of a “crime” that’s .

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