On Tuesday, the Indian government released a new list of apps it wants to block under the IT Act. These apps join hundreds of other apps previously banned by the government due to security concerns. Also, the common thing among all of these apps is their Chinese affiliation, which the government has expressed concern about.
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has issued an order pursuant to section 69A of the Information Technology Take action by blocking access to 43 mobile apps. This action was taken on the basis of inputs related to these apps to engage in activities detrimental to India’s sovereignty and integrity, defense of India, state security and public order. MeitY has issued an order to block access to these apps by users in India based on full reports received from the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center, Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Previously, on June 29, 2020, the Indian government had blocked access to 59 mobile apps, and on September 2, 2020, a further 118 apps were banned under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act. The government is committed to protecting the interests of citizens and India’s sovereignty and integrity on all fronts and will take all possible measures to ensure this.
The list of apps that have been blocked from accessing in today’s order in India includes the following apps:
AliSuppliers Mobile AppAlibaba WorkbenchAliExpress – Smarter Shopping, Better LifeAlipay CashierLalamove India – Delivery AppDrive with Lalamove IndiaSnack VideoCamCard – Business Card ReaderCamCard – BCR (Western) Soul- Follow the soul to find youChinese Social – AppDate free online video and chat apps in Asia – Dating & Chat Chat for Asian Singles Free Dating App Free Dating App-Singol, start your date! Adore AppTrulyChinese – Chinese Dating AppTrulyAsian – Asian Dating AppChinaLove: Dating App For Chinese SinglesDateMyAge: Chat, Meet, Date Mature Singles OnlineAsianDate: Find Asian SinglesFlirtWish: Chat With SinglesGuys Only Dating: Gay ChatTubit: Live StreamsWeWorkChina LiveFirst Love Live Online live beautiesRela – Lesbian Social NetworkCashier WalletMangoTVMGTV-HunanTV Official TV APPWeTV – TV versionWeTV – Cdrama, Kdrama and moreWeTV LiteLucky Live-Live Video Streaming AppTaoland) Heroes EvolvedHappy FishJellip op Match-Decorate the island of your dreamsMunchkin Match: Building Magic HousesConquista Online II
The Indian government has banned several new apps in India, including completely blocking access to them.
- The government banned over 40 apps in the latest swipe to Chinese apps.
- These apps include Alipay and Snack Video available on the App Markets.
- MeitY claimed to have blocked these apps due to security concerns.