Indian Government has banned several Chinese mobile apps including TikTok, UC Browser and other Chinese apps, here on Monday.
According to the Indian media reports, 59 Chinese apps are blocked, calling them “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of a state and public order.”
Indian Ministry of Electronics and IT issued a statement, that reads, it is “invoking it’s power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59 apps since in view of the information available they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of a state and public order.”
Meanwhile, Chingari app, which is being touted as a new “Indian alternative” to TikTok, has crossed over 25 lakh downloads on Google Play store.
The Chingari app is short video-sharing platform founded by two Bengaluru-based programmers, Biswatma Nayak and Siddharth Gautam.
The app was first launched on Google Play in November 2018 while it debuted on iOS in January 2019, a company representative told Gadgets 360.
Indian government has been facing severe criticism after 20 Indian Army soldiers died in a border clash with Chinese forces at Ladakh. India and China share the world’s largest unmarked border spanning 3,500-kilometres
Chinese and Indian forces were involved in an intense border altercation resulting in 20 casualties on the Indian side.
The Indian government is taking populist steps to reduce heat within the country and outside the country.