The Government of India on Monday banned 59 applications, most of them popular Chinese applications such as TikTok, Shareit, Mi Video Call, Club Factory and Cam Scanner, citing threat to national security and sovereignty. The ban comes amid continuing tensions on the border between India and China and covers a variety of applications from e-commerce to gaming, social media, browsers, instant messaging and file sharing.
Sanchit Vir Gogia, chief analyst and CEO at Greyhound Research, said the ban was easy to implement. “The government just needs to send clear instructions to operators, Internet service providers and the application stores i.e Google’s Play store and Apple’s App Store,” he said, adding that of the entire list, TikTok, Mi Video Call and Cam Scanner were the three most critical apps that people use in India.
The move, he added, effectively gave China a taste of its own medicine as the country had permanently banned applications such as Facebook and Google.
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