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Security Concerns: Why India ban Tiktok, 46 other apps

By Juliet Umeh

Tiktok and 46 other applications have been banned by the government of India over makers’ non compliance to ban order.

According to the Indian government, the banned apps which include Tiktok Lite, Helo Lite, SHAREit Lite, BIGO LIVE Lite and VFY Lite were acting as the clones of the previously banned 59 Chinese apps.

According to a report, on June 29, the Indian government had issued an order to ban 59 apps with Chinese links, citing that the apps were a ‘threat to the sovereignty,

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integrity, and security of the country’. The list of banned apps includes short video app TikTok, CamScanner, SHAREit, UC Browser, among others.

It was also reported that India has drawn up a list of 275 apps that it will examine for any violation of national security and user privacy, signalling heightened scrutiny and the possibility of more Chinese internet companies being banned in the country.

The list includes gaming app PUBG backed by China’s most valuable internet major Tencent, Zili by phonemaker Xiaomi, AliExpress by ecommerce giant Alibaba as well as apps like Resso and ULike from TikTok-owner ByteDance.

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