The government added 47 more apps last month to the list of 59 Chinese apps that were banned in India. A new report has now revealed the names of 15 of the newly-banned 47 apps.
Among the list of 47 Chinese apps that were banned in July are Xiaomi’s Mi Browser and TikTok’s parent company ByteDance’s video-editing app CapCut. The remaining were ‘lite’ or ‘pro’ versions of the apps that the government banned earlier in June, including TikTok and Helo, according to the list reviewed by The Economic Times.
Other apps include photo editor AirBrush, short video and prediction tool Meipai and camera app BoXxCAM. Email service NetEase, gaming app Heroes War and SlidePlus by QuVideo Inc are the other new apps blocked in the latest list issued about 10 days ago. Xiaomi’s Mi Browser Pro has also been blocked after its Mi Community app was banned earlier.
“We will take a call on further action if any of the apps try to come back with different names,” a senior government official told the website.
The companies have submitted their response to the government questionnaire and are now waiting for due process to be followed.
Over 275 Chinese apps are under scrutiny for alleged violation of national security and citizens privacy. The latest list reportedly includes Tencent-backed gaming app PUBG, AliExpress, ByteDance's Resso and ULike, another gaming app Ludo World and Xiaomi's Zili, media reports suggested.
Previously, the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) had issued a warning to the 59 banned Chinese apps to strictly comply with the government's order or face legal action.