The government has banned 47 Chinese apps in India. Close to the end of June, 59 Chinese apps had been banned by the modi government to “protect national interest and security” — including the massively popular TikTok app. Now, approximately 50 more apps have been banned, for operating as clones of the earlier banned apps — the list of particular apps banned in the new decision is yet to be announced. However, it has been reported that the announcement would take place legitimately shortly. The government earlier banned apps counting CamScanner, SHAREit, and UC Browser, among others. That ban was announced under the provisions of Section 69A of the Information Technology Act.
The 47 apps that have been banned by the newest decision of the government were operating as the clones of the 59 apps that were banned last month, according to a tweet posted by DD News. Sources said that the government had also prepared a list of over 250 apps that would be examined for any user privacy or national safety violations.
It is assumed that some top gaming Chinese apps including PUBG Mobile would be a part of the fresh list of banned apps. However, the government is nevertheless to release the details pertaining to the development.
The earlier ban was imposed on popular apps including TikTok, SHAREit, UC Browser, among others. The government had ordered Telco’s to block access to all those apps as well as their linked websites shortly after announcing the decision in public through a press release. It also directed Apple and Google to remove the banned apps from their individual app stores in the country.
Second digital strike
This second digital strike by our Government on China is an immense move yet again as all these 47 apps were operating as clones of the 59 Chinese apps barred from using former. The ban would defend Indian users’ data and guard the country against the possible threat these apps pose to our national security. Moreover, this proposal will further open up opportunities for more Indian apps to take up the public eye and onboard users to offer them with their services. Homegrown apps already witnessed a noteworthy boost in downloads and user signups on their platforms after the Government’s ban announcement last month. We hope Indians will carry on choosing apps which are made in India, for India,” Piyush, CEO and Founder of Rooters Sports Technology app said.
Talking about figures
While Indian apps have also earned from the ban, only one ranks amongst the top 3 TikTok alternatives — InMobi-owned Roposo. Zili and German app Dubsmash are the other two, and the three jointly got 21.8 million downloads in India post the ban, getting 13 percent of TikTok’s installs in the first half of 2020, said Sensor Tower. The three apps have the advanced lifetime downloads out of all TikTok substitutes on both Google Play and Apple’s App Store.
Indian Roposo has the most lifetime downloads with 71 million installs, followed by Zili at 51 million and Dubsmash at 30.4 million.
Summing up with finger crossed and hoping that the government will again come up with list to safeguard country and growing the economy too.