The government imposed new bans on as many as 43 mobile apps linked to China on Tuesday. These applications include AliExpress, CamCard and Taobao Live. The latest ban comes almost three months after the government banned the popular battle royale game PUBG Mobile and 117 other apps and games linked to China. Initially, the government banned 59 Chinese apps, including some well-known apps, including TikTok, Shareit, UC Browser and WeChat.
According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the government has implemented a ban in accordance with Article 69A of the Information Technology Action.
The ministry also stated that it had issued an order prohibiting users in the country from accessing these applications based on the “comprehensive report provided by the Indian Cybercrime Coordination Center of the Ministry of the Interior”. However, the government has not provided any specific details about the issues that led to the banning of the 43 apps.
In late June, the government banned access to 59 applications, including other popular names such as TikTok, Shareit, UC Browser, and WeChat. Next comes another ban, banning about 47 applications, most of which are cloned versions, or just some different versions of the banned applications. In early September, the government banned 118 apps and games, including PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite.
List of 43 mobile applications prohibited by the government:
- AliSuppliers mobile app
- Alibaba Workbench
- AliExpress-Smarter Shopping, Better Life
- Alipay cashier
- Lalamove India-Delivery Application
- Driving with Laramov, India
- Snacks video
- CamCard-Business Card Reader
- CamCard-BCR (Western)
- Soul-follow the soul to find you
- Chinese Social-Free Online Dating Video App and Chat
- Dating in Asia-Asian Singles Dating and Chat
- WeDate dating app
- Free dating app-Singol, start your date!
- Adore App
- TrulyChinese-Chinese dating app
- TrulyAsian-Asian dating app
- ChinaLove: Chinese singles dating app
- DateMyAge: online chat, meetups, dating mature singles
- AsianDate: Find Asian singles
- FlirtWish: Chat with singles
- Guys only dating: gay chat
- Tubit: Live
- WeWork China
- First Love Live-Super Hot Live Beauty Online Live
- Rela-lesbian social network
- Cashier wallet
- Mango TV
- MGTV-Hunan Satellite TV Official TV App
- WeTV-TV version
- WeTV-Cdrama, Kdrama, etc.
- WeTV Lite
- Lucky Live Video Streaming App
- Taobao Live
- Ding Yu
- Identity V
- Isoland 2: Ashes of Time
- BoxStar (early access)
- Hero evolution
- Happy fish
- Jellipop Match-Decorate your dream island!
- Monchkin Competition: House of Magic
- Conquista Online II
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