India to Ban 232 New Apps Linked to China

Continuing the pursuit of banning Chinese apps on “national security grounds”, India has banned 50 more apps today.

This is based on Section 69a of India’s IT ACT, 2000, and includes big names like Viva Video Editor and Garena’s Free Fire in the list. Most of today’s banned apps are found to be clones of earlier banned ones, or indirectly linked to Chinese companies.

Banning on Security Grounds

What started in 2020 is now continuing as a trend in India. The Indian government in mid-2020 has banned over a hundred Chinese on national security grounds and later did the same with a hundred more last year. These include popular apps like TikTok, UC Browser, WeChat, and PUBG.

India Banned 50 More Apps Linked to China

The gap made by TikTok has given rise to a number of local app developers to create native clones, and are now flourishing. These include offerings from tech giants like Instagram (Reels) and YouTube (Shorts) too.

And for PUBG, the makers have come up with a tweaked version, crafted especially for Indians. While the other developers are recovering, India has just banned 50 more apps today, which are indirectly linked to China. A few of them include Sweet Selfie HD, Beauty Camera, Viva Video Editor, AppLock, and Dual Space Lite. Here’s the entire list;

  • Beauty Camera: Sweet Selfie HD 2 Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera
  • Equalizer — Bass Booster & Volume EQ & Virtualizer
  • Music Player- Music,Mp3 Player
  • Equalizer & Bass Booster – Music Volume EQ
  • Music Plus MP3 Player
  • Equalizer Pro – Volume Booster & Bass Booster 8 Video Player Media All Format
  • Music Player Equalizer & MP3
  • Volume Booster – Loud Speaker & Sound Booster
  • Music Player – MP3 Player
  • CamCard for SalesForce Ent
  • Isoland 2: Ashes of Time Lite
  • Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade
  • APUS Security HD (Pad Version)
  • Parallel Space Lite 32 Support
  • Viva Video Editor – Snack Video Maker with Music
  • Nice video baidu
  • Tencent Xriver
  • Onmyoji Chess
  • Onmyoji Arena
  • AppLock
  • Dual Space Lite – Multiple Accounts & Clone App
  • Dual Space Pro – Multiple Accounts & App Cloner
  • DualSpace Lite – 32Bit Support
  • Dual Space – 32Bit Support
  • Dual Space – 64Bit Support
  • Dual Space Pro – 32Bit Support
  • Conquer Online – MMORPG Game
  • Conquer Online II
  • Live Weather & Radar – Alerts
  • Notes-Color Notepad, Notebook
  • MP3 Cutter – Ringtone Maker & Audio 34 Voice Recorder & Voice Changer Cutter
  • Barcode Scanner – QR Code Scan
  • Lica Cam – selfie camera app
  • EVE Echoes
  • Astracraft
  • UU Game Booster-network solution for high ping
  • Extraordinary Ones
  • Badlanders
  • Stick Fight: The Game Mobile
  • Twilight Pioneers
  • CuteU: Match With The World
  • Small World-Enjoy groupchat and video chat
  • FancyU – Video Chat & Meetup
  • CuteU Pro
  • RealU: Go Live. Make Friends
  • MoonChat: Enjoy Video Chats
  • RealU Lite -video to live!
  • Wink: Connect Now!
  • FunChat Meet People Around You
  • FancyU pro – Instant Meetup through Video chat! 54 Garena Free Fire – Illuminate

Most of these are found to be the rebrands or of many of the over 300 apps banned earlier. Today ban comes from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, citing Section 69a of the IT ACT, 2000. Talking about this incident, a Google spokesperson said;

“We have notified the affected developers and have temporarily blocked access to the apps that remained available on the Play Store in India.”

One of the biggest apps in today’s ban list is Garena’s Free Fire: Illuminate, which is seen having over 40 million of its 75 million global monthly active users from India, as per January metrics. But, as it’s having Tencent is one of its largest backers, it’s not prohibited.

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