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India bans 59 Chinese apps: TikTok, UC Browser, Shareit among top ones to go

It is going to be a complete upheaval for Chinese companies as the Indian government has issued a ban on 59 apps developed by them. Several of them are humongous in popularity among the Indians, viz. TikTok, UC Browser, Shareit, etc.

Owing to the ongoing border standoff with China at Galwan valley, the Modi government has decided to cull all the apps with a Chinese origin. Official communication from the Chinese companies (except TikTok) is still awaited as to how they would retract from the Indian shores. TikTok India head has said that processes are on to comply with “interim orders” of the Indian government and they are about to meet officials. TikTok, for instance, is a popular app among the masses, especially after the COVID-19, which saw its following soaring to the moon. Not only the common people, even top celebrities—Bollywood, sports, politicians, social figures—swear by TikTok.

PubG is another popular Chinese App among the Indian youth

Now, the question remains, what will happen to the million downloads which the people have already made? The most important factor in deleting these apps would be handling the data. All the Internet Service Providers (ISP) will be apprised of the governmental decree. The telecom service providers and ISPs would be blocking all the data (to and fro) related to these apps once the ruling comes into force.

One may argue that TikTok is a social app meant only for entertainment, making it frivolous. However, there are a handful of Chinese apps which are related to online work, and also the plethora of mobile companies operating from India. It will be a task in hand to obliterate all these apps at one stroke. But, everything becomes easy when nationalism is at stake. People across the country have already shunned many Chinese products as seen during the last fortnight.

Image courtesy: Business Standard

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