The Modi led Central government has carried out the second round of digital strike against China after it has issued the order to ban the use of 47 additional mobile applications, that have its thread in China, in the country.
The order of banning 47 applications has come amid prevailing border tensions with the nuclear-armed neighbor and nearly a month after banning the usage of 59 mobile applications in the country. According to the reports, among the newly banned apps are Tiktok Lite, Shareit Lite, Helo Lite, Bigo live lite, and VFY Lite.
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology bans 47 apps which were variants and cloned copies of the 59 Chinese apps that were banned in June. These banned clones include Tiktok Lite, Helo Lite, SHAREit Lite, BIGO LIVE Lite and VFY Lite. pic.twitter.com/oWHmAmoWlr— ANI (@ANI) July 27, 2020
The Union Information and Technology Ministry said that the newly banned applications were mainly clones of the 59 applications that were banned last month. On June 29, the Indian Government has issued the ban on these 59 Chinese applications by citing that the applications have been acting in prejudice to integrity, sovereignty, and security of the country.
Some of the top and most-used apps by Indians like Tik Tok, Shareit, Helo, UC Browser, and CamScanner were banned from being active in India. The government has also stated that these apps were banned with the view of the emergent nature of threats and noted that apps were banned under Section 69A of the IT Act and in exercise of the sovereign powers.
These 47 apps were now outlawed days after the Indian government has issued a strict warning for the application makers of the banned apps to adhere to the ban and stern action would be taken if found to be breached the ban. According to the PTI, the IT Ministry has written to the concerned companies and stated that the availability and operation of these apps, directly or indirectly, was illegal and offense under the IT Act.
Issuing the ban of 59 apps, the IT Ministry said that the government has received several complaints against these apps on reportedly misusing, stealing, and transmitting the users' data in an unauthorized manner to the servers that are located outside India.