Govt Bans TikTok, UC Browser, ShareIT & 57 Chinese Apps: What Happens Now?

Govt Bans TikTok, UC Browser, ShareIT & 57 Chinese Apps: What Happens Now?
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:

TikTok

Shareit

Kwai

UC Browser

Baidu map

Shein

Clash of Kings

DU battery saver

Helo

Likee

YouCam makeup

Mi Community

CM Browers

Virus Cleaner

APUS Browser

ROMWE

Club Factory

Newsdog

Beutry Plus

WeChat

UC News

QQ Mail

Weibo

Xender

QQ Music

QQ Newsfeed

Bigo Live

SelfieCity

Mail Master

Parallel Space

Mi Video Call Xiaomi

WeSync

ES File Explorer

Viva Video QU Video Inc

Meitu

Vigo Video

New Video Status

DU Recorder

Vault- Hide

Cache Cleaner DU App studio

DU Cleaner

DU Browser

Hago Play With New Friends

Cam Scanner

Clean Master Cheetah Mobile

Wonder Camera

Photo Wonder

QQ Player

We Meet

Sweet Selfie

Baidu Translate

Vmate

QQ International

QQ Security Center

QQ Launcher

U Video

V fly Status Video

Mobile Legends

DU Privacy

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. 

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