India bans TikTok, WeChat and dozens more Chinese apps

An Indian military convoy drives towards Leh in the Ladakh region

The Ministry for Electronics and Information Technology announced the ban on Monday, stating that the Chinese-made applications were "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order". There have been calls for the banning of Chinese businesses, which export goods worth almost $60 billion to India. From the apps that were banned, looking at the conversation on social media, the ones that people are talking about and are most anxious about are TikTok, UC Browser, Shareit, CamScanner, Shein, Mi Community, Club Factory, Xender, Mi Video Call, and WeChat.

The Indian soldiers were killed in a brawl along the disputed border in northern Ladakh region on June 15 in the deadliest faceoff for nearly half a century between the two countries.

This is an unprecedented move that will affect hundreds of millions of users in India.
This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace, the government added.

Another app falling in the MeitY's list is CamScanner, which is a popular solution for scanning documents in mobile phones. Citing security issues, the Indian government is now enforcing a wholesale ban on Chinese apps like TikTok, ShareIt, and other services.

It was banned briefly previous year after concerns were raised about the app being used to distribute pornography.

India bans Tiktok among 59 apps, mostly Chinese
India bans 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, UC Browser and others

Ministry of Information Technology took the step "in view of the emergent nature of threats", officials said. In recent weeks, India and China have been at loggerheads over border disputes over the Galwan Valley in the territory of Ladakh. The two nuclear-armed countries have always been fractious neighbors and share a 3,500 km Line of Actual Control, or LAC - a de facto border over which they fought a war in 1962.

Monday's move appeared to be a effect of the worst conflict between the two nations in more than 50 years.

Street protests took place in India following the deaths of the 20 soldiers and calls have been made to ban Chinese businesses which export nearly £49billion to India.

That tussle led to the Indian government condemning China and calling for a boycott of all Chinese products, leading to a wave of demonstrations on social media and protests outside the Chinese embassy in Delhi.

Thousands of soldiers remain on alert, although both sides said they were trying to resolve the standoff through dialogue.

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