Centre bans 43 more mobile apps; check full list here

Ruben Fields
November 25, 2020

India on Tuesday blocked 43 more mobile apps. This action was taken based on the inputs regarding these apps for engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity, defence, security of state and public order.

Which apps have been blocked?

The government of India on Tuesday banned 43 more mobile apps, majority of them with links to China including the likes of AliExpress over privacy concerns.

It banned 59 mostly Chinese mobile apps including Bytedance's TikTok and Tencent's WeChat following a border crisis that erupted between the two countries in June, before moving to ban another 47 apps in July and over 100 Chinese mobile apps, including wildly popular mobile game PUBG, in September.

MeitY made a decision to block the 43 apps based on "comprehensive reports" from the Home Ministry's Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center, it added.

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The move is another setback for Chinese giant Alibaba, which is the biggest investor in Indian fin-tech firm Paytm and also backs online grocer BigBasket. Other names include AliSuppliers and Alibaba Workbench, CamCard - Business Card Reader, Chinese Social, WeDate, TrulyChinese etc.

Aliexpress is not a major player in India's fledgeling e-commerce market, which is led by Walmart Inc's Flipkart and Amazon.com Inc's local unit. The previous two bans cited section 69A of India's Information Technology Act, which the government also referred to on Tuesday to justify its latest blacklist.

While apps like PUBG are relooking their financial and operational structures to re-enter the country, TikTok has been scouring the globe for investors to take over its operations in the USA and India, including SoftBank and Oracle.

"Government is committed to protecting the interests of citizens and sovereignty and integrity of India on all fronts and it shall take all possible steps to ensure it", it said.

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