Google blocks banned Chinese apps but what about their lite version?

Yolanda Curtis
July 3, 2020

TikTok has denied any plans to explore legal avenues against ban imposed by the Government of India.

The listed apps "are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order", MeitY said in a statement. "Ensuring this privacy and security of all our users in India remains our utmost priority".

An estimated 120 million Indians were TikTok users before the ban.

Meanwhile, Likee, another platform banned by the Centre, said that it respects the government's decision and has temporarily taken the app down.

The ban comes as India steps up economic pressure on China following a border battle last month in which 20 Indian soldiers died.

Social app Chingari, a desi alternative to Chinese TikTok, on Friday said it has crossed 10 million downloads on Google Play Store and content creators are making a beeline to join the app. "We will be working closely with the Indian government under the local legal framework".

Earlier this week, India blocked 59 Chinese apps including ByteDance's TikTok citing national security concerns in a move that some saw as retaliation. Presently, these apps are planning to formally represent their concerns before Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).

Two days after India blocked 59 apps developed by Chinese firms, Google and Apple have started to comply with New Delhi's order and are preventing users in the world's second largest internet market from accessing those apps. Irfan Sheikh, founder and chief executive of Qboxus, had mentioned back then that people were calling Mitron an "Indian" app although the developers had not changed anything at all in its interface. In such a situation, users are now searching for other short video sharing apps instead of TikTok.

The reports quoted a third lawyer, who represents multiple apps in the banned list, as saying that since the companies do not have any knowledge of what grounds the government has banned them on, they are considering sharing data flow diagrams, which explains who the benefactors for data they collect are.

"This vacuum also makes India's digital landscape much more attractive for investment. from other democratic and open societies", said Gupta, a former technology head for India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

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