A month after banning as many 59 Chinese apps in India, citing security concerns, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has decided to add 47 more apps to the ban list. As per the reports, 47 more apps, that were/are the clones of the previously banned 59 Chinese apps will be banned in India.
The new list of 47 banned apps will be released soon.
These will most probably include alternatives or lite versions of the apps that were previously banned in the country on June 29. A few examples of these apps are TikTok Lite, Helo Lite, ShareIt Lite, Bigo Lite and VFY Lite, all of which are reportedly unavailable on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
According to a Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology official, “The apps were found to be operating despite the ban via these versions. They have been taken down from application stores.”
As per a report by India Today, the government has prepared a list of 250 apps that will be examined for any user privacy or national security violations.
It is believed that some top gaming Chinese apps including PUBG Mobile will also be examined and may be banned if found threatening India’s security. However, the government is yet to release the details pertaining to the development.