The center banned 59 Chinese apps in India 2020. Including the popular ones such as TikTok, WeChat, Camscanner and UC browser.
This decision to Ban Chinese apps came after the Indo-China Galwan Valley border clash, on June 15 in Ladakh which cost 20 casualties for the Indian Army.
Within minutes of the decision, the Indian government’s TikTok account ‘MyGov’, which had 1.1 million followers, was banned or disabled.
In a statement released, the government said that the decision to ban Chinese apps was taken, “in view of the information available that they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India, defense, the security of the state, and public order”.
The move by India comes amid a countrywide call from traders and civil organizations to boycott Chinese imports. India banned 59 Chinese apps.
Chinese app named “TikTok” is immensely popular among Indian youth and the most downloaded app in India. TikTok India head, Nikhil Gandhi said,” The government of India has issued an interim order for the blocking of 59 apps, including TikTok and we are in the process of complying with it. We have been invited to meet with concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications. TikTok continues to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law and has not shared any information on our users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese Government. Further, if we are requested to in the future we would not do so. We place the highest importance on user privacy and integrity.”
Hence, TikTok has been removed from both Google Play store and Apple App store.
Here is the list of Indian apps alternative to Chinese apps which you can use.
TikTok, Helo, Vigo Video, Vmate, U Video and Kwai are video making apps which are banned.
These are several Indian alternatives for shot video making platforms:
- Bolo Indya
- Baidu translate app is also banned in India
- Google Translate
- Hi Translate
- Messaging apps We Meet and We Chat were also banned in India
- Virutal party apps have become famous during the lockdown. Chinese party app Hago Play with new friends banned in India
- House party
- Authorities banned file sharing apps Shareit, Xender, ES File Explorer.
- Files Go
- Send anywhere
- Google Drive
- Jio Switch
- Smart share
- Authorities banned browsing apps like UC browser, DC browser, CM browser & APUS Browser.
- Google Chrome
- Mozilla Firefox
- Jio Browser
- Authorities banned Mobile Legends
- Legends of Legends
- India banned famous CamScanner
- Adobe scan
- Microsoft Office lens
- Photo Scan
- DU battery saver app banned in India
- Battery Saver
- Charge Optimizer
- News apps Newsdog, UC News, QQ Newsfeed banned in India
- Google News 3)Inshorts
- Apple News