Government of India bans another 47 Chinese Apps
After the government announced the ban of 59 Chinese apps last month, it has further banned 47 apps. According to reports, these apps are clones of the apps banned earlier.
According to media reports, the order was issued on Friday. The list includes TikTok Lite, SHAREit Lite, BIGO LIVE Lite, Helo Lite and VFY Lite. There has been no official comment from the developers of these applications.
Last month, the Indian Government banned 59 apps including leading apps like TikTok, UC Browser and Shareit citing security concerns. The Ministry of Electronics and IT said that these apps are detrimental to the integrity, sovereignty and security of India.
According to industry estimates, nearly two-thirds of smartphone users in India have downloaded at least one Chinese app. Reports indicate that TikTok has offered to set up an engineering centre in India to design and develop products and establish a local data centre.
Kevin Mayer, CEO, TikTok has also sought a personal meeting with the Electronics and IT Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad to discuss the platforms data sharing practices.