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India bans TikTok among 59 Chinese apps amid border tensions

India 59 Chinese apps

India has banned TikTok among other popular 59 apps that were designed by Chinese developers. The Indian government claims that these apps were continuously violating user policy, stealing users data, and threatening the country’s sovereignty. 

India’s banning of the apps came amid the Ladakh border row. The relations of the two countries further deteriorated after the Galwan incident when Chinese and Indian forces came face to face and 20 Indian soldiers were killed by the PLA troops along with senior CO of a battalion. 

Among 59 applications TikTok was the most famous application which is created by ByteDance a technology company whose headquarter is in Beijing, China. In the month of February 2020 TikTok was downloaded 46.6 million times only in India, and at the moment sitting at the second spot after Facebook on Play Store in application ranking. 

TikTok was previously removed from Apple App Store and Google Play Store over the allegation of spreading pornographic content but later on, after some amendments from TikTok in its policy it got back.

This move is seen as a major retaliation by India and no country has banned so many mobile applications of another country.

Responding to the action by India, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said, “China is strongly concerned, verifying the situation”.

“We want to stress that the Chinese government always asks Chinese businesses to abide by international and local laws-regulations. The Indian government has a responsibility to uphold the legal rights of international investors including Chinese ones,” Zhao Lijian said.

Full list of 59 Chinese apps banned by India

1. TikTok 
2. Shareit 
3. Kwai 
4. UC Browser 
5. Baidu map 
6. Shein 
7. Clash of Kings 
8. DU battery saver 
9. Helo 
10. Likee 
11. YouCam makeup 
12. Mi Community 
13. CM Browers 
14. Virus Cleaner 
15. APUS Browser 
16. ROMWE 
17. Club Factory 
18. Newsdog 
19. Beutry Plus 
20. WeChat 
21. UC News 
22. QQ Mail 
23. Weibo 
24. Xender 
25. QQ Music 
26. QQ Newsfeed 
27. Bigo Live 
28. SelfieCity 
29. Mail Master 
30. Parallel Space 
31. Mi Video Call — Xiaomi 
32. WeSync 
33. ES File Explorer 
34. Viva Video — QU Video Inc 
35. Meitu 
36. Vigo Video 
37. New Video Status 
38. DU Recorder 
39. Vault- Hide 
40. Cache Cleaner DU App studio 
41. DU Cleaner 
42. DU Browser 
43. Hago Play With New Friends 
44. Cam Scanner 
45. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile 
46. Wonder Camera 
47. Photo Wonder 
48. QQ Player 
49. We Meet 
50. Sweet Selfie 
51. Baidu Translate 
52. Vmate 
53. QQ International 
54. QQ Security Center 
55. QQ Launcher 
56. U Video 
57. V fly Status Video 
58. Mobile Legends 
59. DU Privacy 

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