India bans 43 more Chinese apps, including AliExpress. Here’s the full list – THE WEEK

India bans 43 more Chinese apps, including AliExpress. Here’s the full list – THE WEEK

The Union government announced a ban on 43 Chinese apps on Tuesday evening, the latest in a series of measures taken since the Sino-Indian conflict in Ladakh in June led relations between the two countries to head south. Apps banned in this round include MangoTV, AliExpress, WeTV and SnackVideo.

The order was issued by the ministry of electronics and information technology under section 69A of the IT Act. As per an official statement issued by the government, the ban was because these apps were “engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.

A good majority of the apps in this round are dating and sex chat apps, including those which offering online hook-ups, dates over video streaming, lesbian socialising and gay chats. Blocking access for Indian users to these 43 apps was decided based on comprehensive reports from home ministry’s Cyber Crime Co-ordination Centre, according to official sources.

India’s ‘app-for-tat’ policy has seen several rounds of ban since the clashes on the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh on June 15. The first round saw 59 apps being banned the same month, with another round in September seeing 118 more apps facing govt action.

The most high-profile of these, of course, was TikTok, the popular short video platform, as well as the gaming app PUBG. Interestingly, both these apps were looking for ways to get their ban revoked and re-enter the Indian market. PUBG, originally a Korean firm, had
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