The Indian government has decided to ban 59 smartphone apps.
There is no mention of China anywhere in the government press release but many of the apps which have been banned are either made in China or owned by Chinese companies.
These apps include such as TicketLock, UC Browser and Shareite app which are quite used in India.
The decision has been taken by the Indian government at the time when 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a violent clash with Chinese soldiers in the Galvan Valley of East Ladakh, there were voices of boycott of Chinese goods, software and apps etc. in India.
According to the Ministry of Electronics and IT, these apps have been banned for being 'harmful to India's sovereignty and unity, security and order'.
What is the reason stated?
The IT Ministry has taken this step under section 69A of the IT Act. These apps will be banned on both Android and iOS platforms.
In a press release issued by the IT Ministry, it has been said that 'crores have been taken keeping in mind the interests of millions of mobile and internet users of India so as to ensure the security of India cyberspace'.
After the ban like this, now both Android and iOS platforms have to remove these apps from their stores. However, the press release issued by the government has not appealed to the people to uninstall these apps.
People who have these apps installed on their mobile will be present when they do not manually remove them. However, after being removed from the App Store, they will not be able to update the apps installed on their smartphones.
Apps that have been banned include gaming, beauty cameras, browsers, news and other utility apps.
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