- On June 29 India banned 59 Chinese language apps together with video app TikTok, which is wildly well-liked in India.
- On Monday, the Indian authorities banned an extra 47 apps which had been clones that allowed individuals entry to the beforehand banned apps.
- It additionally revealed a listing of 275 extra apps it is contemplating banning.
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Final month India banned 59 Chinese language apps together with the wildly well-liked TikTok, citing a necessity for “information sovereignty.”
Now the nation has booted an extra 47, and is reviewing 275 extra for potential bans.
The 47 apps which have been freshly banned had been primarily clones or variants of providers like TikTok per India Today. One of many banned apps was referred to as “TikTok Lite.”
Punit Agarwal, head of the Delhi BJP’s IT and social media cell, confirmed the information on Twitter, writing: “Govt of India bans 47 extra Chinese language apps which had been variants and cloned copies of the 59 apps that had been banned in June. These banned clones embrace Tiktok Lite, Helo Lite, SHAREit Lite, BIGO LIVE Lite and VFY Lite. Over 250 extra apps beneath radar together with PubG. #DigitalStrike.”
Earlier than it was banned on June 29, TikTok had an infinite viewers in India. In April the app surpassed 2 billion downloads worldwide, of which 611 million got here from India and accounting for 30% of TikTok’s whole world viewers.
Indian TikTok customers appear to be feeling the app’s absence keenly.
Knowledge from analytics web site Sensor Tower exhibits since TikTok was banned obtain charges for the three subsequent hottest video sharing apps have shot up 155%.
The Economic Times studies the Indian authorities is reviewing an extra 275 apps, together with well-liked battle royale online game “Participant Unknown’s Battlegrounds” (PUBG) which is owned by Chinese language gaming large Tencent. Additionally included on the checklist is Resso, a music streaming app owned by TikTok’s mother or father firm ByteDance.
The preliminary ban on Chinese language apps got here into pressure after a flare-up in geopolitical tensions between India and China following a skirmish within the disputed territory of Ladakh in northern India.
India is not the one nation that clamping down on Chinese language apps. Pakistan final week issued a closing warning to TikTok, citing complaints about “immoral content material.” Earlier this month Pakistan additionally positioned a brief ban on PUBG, saying it had additionally obtained complaints that the sport was “addictive, [a] wastage of time and poses severe destructive affect on bodily and psychological well being of the youngsters.”
The Trump administration has additionally made noises a few potential TikTok ban. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on July 7 the US is “certainly” considering banning TikTok over privateness and nationwide safety issues. A day later President Trump stated he was excited about banning TikTok as a means of punishing China for outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.