The IT Ministry banned 47 apps, which are clones of 59 apps banned earlier in June.
The Government of India has banned 47 Chinese apps in India. Prior to this, in the June-end, the government had banned 59 Chinese apps to safeguard the national interest and security. Some of the most popular apps in India have come under hammer including TikTok, UC Browser, WeChat and CamScanner among others. These 47 apps are said to be working as clones of the erstwhile banned apps. The list of these banned apps in the latest decision is yet to be made public. Nonetheless, it is speculated that the official announcement of the banned apps would be made soon. The ban took place as a part of Section 69A of the Information Technology Act.
As per the government sources, the government had made a list of more than 250 apps that would be scrutinized for any kind of user privacy or national security violations. According to many top sources, it is being speculated that one of the most downloaded gaming apps PUBG has also come under radar. However, we are yet to see a final list and then only can we see if this is true or not.
Last month, shortly after announcing the decision publicly by means of a press release, the Government of India had ordered telecommunication companies to block access to all those apps as well as their related websites. It also ordered Apple and Google to eliminate the banned apps from their respective app stores in the country. According to government sources, the operational ethics of certain apps creates problems.