TikTok, WeChat and UC Browser apps banned by India

Sources said intelligence agency reports indicated the apps violated terms of use, compromised user privacy, and were used as spyware or malware.

India banned wildly popular Chinese app TikTok and 58 other apps after a border clash between troops in both countries.

Apps, from gaming to streaming music and social media, are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order,” India’s Ministry of Information Technology said in a statement on Monday.

Sources said reports from the intelligence agency reported that the apps violated terms of use, compromised user privacy and were used as spyware or malware.

The banned apps include those owned by some of China’s biggest and most prominent tech companies, including WeChat (messaging app), Weibo (Twitter-like platform) and Mi Video Call (video calling app).

How the ban will be enforced among existing users who have already downloaded the apps from their phones is unclear, but it will block potential new users as Apple and Google will have to remove these apps from iOS and Android stores.

Anti-China outrage broke out in India after the fatal clash in the long-disputed Galwan Valley in the western Himalayas. The backlash has included widespread demands for Chinese product boycotts, including smart phones and apps.

In the light of the diplomatic flare-up between the two nuclear-armed nations, the Chinese phone maker Oppo avoided announcing the new flagship smartphone, Find X2 series.

The Ministry of Electronics and IT said it has received multiple complaints involving the misuse of mobile apps for “for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India. Nikhil Gandhi, Head of TikTok India, said in a statement on Tuesday. “We place the highest importance on user privacy and integrity.”

Here is the full list of apps that have been banned:

  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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