Govt Bans TikTok, UC Browser, ShareIT & 57 Chinese Apps: What Happens Now?
Govt of India has banned TikTok, the popular short video app which broke all records of popularity in India.
More than 60 crore downloads of TikTok has happened in India alone, and overall, it has more than 200 crore users (2 billion). Around 11 crore active TikTok users are in India.
Overall, 57 Chinese apps have been banned in India.
We had already reported that Govt has warned against 57 Chinese apps. Now, they all are banned.
TikTok Banned in India
Ministry of Information Technology has released a notification, which states that Chinese apps such as TikTok and others are endangering India’s sovereignty and integrity, and stealing information, which is passed on to the Chinese servers.
To stop this, and to protect India, Govt has banned 57 Chinese apps.
The apps which have been banned are:
Clash of Kings
DU battery saver
Mi Video Call Xiaomi
ES File Explorer
Viva Video QU Video Inc
New Video Status
Cache Cleaner DU App studio
Hago Play With New Friends
Clean Master Cheetah Mobile
QQ Security Center
V fly Status Video
Among them, UC Browser is a popular web browser, and ShareIT was heavily used to access and share files on the Cloud.
In a statement, Ministry of IT said, “The Ministry of Information Technology, invoking it’s power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59 apps since in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.
As per the notification, Govt of India, and The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has received several complaints and alerts regarding the misuse of TikTok and other apps.
What Happens Now?
TikTok was banned in April last year as well, and the reason was that this app was polluting the young mind.
However, the ban was lifted after few weeks.
Now, it seems that the ban is permanent, atleast till the Laddakh stand-off is resolved.
Since Govt has now banned TikTok, new users won’t be able to download it from Google Playstore and Apple Playstore.
And very soon, the existing access of TikTok will be stopped by the telecom operators.
In some cases, VPN can be used to access the content, but since it’s now banned in India, we don’t expect any Indian content there on TikTok.
We will keep you updated, as more details come in.