Government blocks access to 43 mobile apps

Government blocks access to 43 mobile apps

NEW DELHI: The ministry of electronic and information technology (Meity) on Tuesday blocked 43 mobile apps including Alibaba Workbench, AliExpress, Alipay Cashier, CamCard and WeDate, for engaging in activities prejudicial to India’s sovereignty, integrity, defence, security and public order.
“Ministry of electronics and information technology has issued the order for blocking the access of these apps by users in India based on the comprehensive reports received from Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center, ministry of home affairs,” it said in an official statement.

Earlier on June 29, the government had blocked access to 59 Chinese apps, including hugely popular TikTok and UC Browser and on September 2, another 118 apps comprising PUBG Mobile Nordic Map, Livik, PUBG Mobile Lite, WeChat Work, Baidu, Tencent Weiyun among others were banned under section 69A of the Information Technology Act.
“Government is committed to protect the interests of citizens and sovereignty and integrity of India on all fronts and it shall take all possible steps to ensure that,” the statement added.
Here’s the complete list of 43 apps banned by the government:
1) AliSuppliers Mobile App
2) Alibaba Workbench
3) AliExpress – Smarter Shopping, Better Living
4) Alipay Cashier
5) Lalamove India – Delivery App
6) Drive with Lalamove India
7) Snack Video
8) CamCard – Business Card Reader
9) CamCard – BCR (Western)
10) Soul- Follow the soul to find you
11) Chinese Social – Free Online Dating Video App & Chat
12) Date in Asia – Dating & Chat For Asian Singles
13) WeDate-Dating App
14) Free dating app-Singol, start your date!
15) Adore App
16) TrulyChinese – Chinese Dating App
17) TrulyAsian – Asian Dating App
18) ChinaLove: dating app for Chinese singles
19) DateMyAge: Chat, Meet, Date Mature Singles Online
20) AsianDate: find Asian singles
21) FlirtWish: chat with singles
22) Guys Only Dating: Gay Chat
23) Tubit: Live Streams
24) WeWorkChina
25) First Love Live- super hot live beauties live online
26) Rela – Lesbian Social Network
27) Cashier Wallet
28) MangoTV
29) MGTV-HunanTV official TV APP
30) WeTV – TV version
31) WeTV – Cdrama, Kdrama&More
32) WeTV Lite
33) Lucky Live-Live Video Streaming App
34) Taobao Live
35) DingTalk
36) Identity V
37) Isoland 2: Ashes of Time
38) BoxStar (Early Access)
39) Heroes Evolved
40) Happy Fish
41) Jellipop Match-Decorate your dream island!
42) Munchkin Match: magic home building
43) Conquista Online II
The move comes as a setback for Chinese giant Alibaba, which is the biggest investor in fin-tech firm Paytm and also backs online grocer BigBasket. The Chinese tech giant was also forced to put on hold its plans to invest in Indian companies following the border tensions between the two nuclear-armed countries, Reuters previously reported.
The government’s slew of app bans have also jolted the ambitions of Chinese tech titans such as Bytedance and Tencent in the past, as a measure to reduce Beijing’s influence in its burgeoning internet economy.
Source From : Times Of India

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