The Indian government on Monday banned 47 more Chinese apps that were clones of the 59 apps banned last month. The list of these 47 banned apps will be released soon.
The decision to ban the 47 Chinese apps was taken after a security review by the Ministry of Telecom, as per various media reports.
Some of these include 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,” News18 reported.
Over 275 Chinese apps are under scrutiny for alleged violations of national security and citizens’ privacy. The latest list reportedly includes Tencent-backed gaming app PUBG, AliExpress, ByteDance’s Russo and ULike, another gaming app Ludo World and Xiaomi’s Zili, media reports suggested.
Other apps from Meitu, LBE Tech, Perfect Corp, Sina Corp, Netease Games, Yoozoo Global, among others are also under the scanner. The apps being reviewed are accused of sharing data with Chinese agencies previously, the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) had issued a warning to the 59 banned Chinese apps to strictly comply with the government’s order or face legal action.