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Internet services providers to block access to 59 Chinese apps banned by govt

TikTok, Helo, both of which are owned by China's Bytedance, which commands a user base of over 300 million Indians
  • UC Browseer had over 130 million users in the country back in 2018 while the news aggregation apps is also quite common
  • The government has cited privacy concerns and dangers to national security as being key drivers behind the move. Premium
    The government has cited privacy concerns and dangers to national security as being key drivers behind the move.

    NEW DELHI: The 59 Chinese apps banned by the government on Monday will be blocked by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in India, and users who have downloaded them will not receive updates, a senior government official said. While that sounds a lot like the government’s ban on porn websites, which also happens through ISPs, it's unclear what “not getting updates" mean.

    It's likely that Apple and Google won't be allowed to list the apps on their app stores in the country. Banning through ISPs though means that using virtual private networks (VPNs) may still let users access these apps and services.

    Mint has written to both Apple and Google for confirmation on this. This story will be updated to reflect the same when they respond.

    The ban includes big names like social media apps TikTok, Vigo Video and Helo, both of which are owned by Chinese Bytedance. Singapore-based Bigo Technologies’ Likee app is also going to be banned. Between TikTok, Vigo Video and Helo, Bytedance commands a user base of over 300 million Indians.

    TikTok of course takes the lion’s share of this, having over 200 million users in India. Helo reported 50 million monthly active users in June last year and has been growing ever since. Vigo Video, on the other hand, was headed for a shutdown. On June 15, Bytedance had said it would shut down Vigo Video and Vigo Lite and would be transitioning its users to TikTok.

    The government’s ban also includes apps like UC Browser and UC News, which are owned by the Alibaba Group. The web browser had over 130 million users in the country back in 2018 while the news aggregation apps is also quite common amongst users here.

    Other popular apps include CamScanner, which many use for scanning documents and Tencent owned WeChat. Top smartphone seller Xiaomi’s Mi Community app have also been banned. The entire list includes:

    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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    Prasid Banerjee
    An engineering dropout, Prasid Banerjee has reported on technology in India for various publications. He reports on technology through text and audio, focusing on its core aspects, like consumer impact, policy and the future.
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    Published: 30 Jun 2020, 12:51 AM IST
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