Bhojpuri superstar Manoj Tiwari urges people to boycott Chinese apps

Yolanda Curtis
July 2, 2020

The list of apps that have been banned by India also include Helo, Likee, Cam Scanner, Vigo Video, Mi Video Call - Xiaomi, Clash of Kings as well as e-commerce platforms Club Factory and Shein.

With more than 200 million of its users in India, TikTok counts Asia's third-largest economy as its biggest overseas market.

TikTok was among 59 Chinese apps banned by New Delhi, with the app being taken off the Google Play Store as well as the Apple App Store.

Google and Apple did not respond to a request for comment. "It will also boost India's integrity and national security", he said.


Information Technology Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the government has banned the apps for the safety, security, defense, sovereignty, and integrity of India. Meanwhile, TikTok has stopped working completely in India.

A Google spokesperson publicly confirmed this news by saying, "While we continue to review the interim orders from the Government of India, we have notified the affected developers and have temporarily blocked access to the apps that remained available on the Play Store in India".

India's push against Chinese mobile apps has been given an unexpected impetus after an official in the state of Uttar Pradesh promised to hand out face masks in exchange for deleting the government-blacklisted software. Empowered individual creators have become the most sought-after for digital marketing campaigns. Mitron app, on the other hand, is ranked at number 4 in the "Top Free Apps" category on the App Store.

According to sources, developers of numerous 59 banned apps had taken down their apps from Google Play Store voluntarily.


The Department of Telecommunications (DOT) said internet operators should "immediately block" access to such apps and their websites, warning of legal action if they fail to do so, according to notices issued late on Tuesday.

China has criticized India's decision.

The decision comes amid border tensions with China in Eastern Ladakh.


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