The Indian Government has banned over 54 Chinese apps. The reason for the ban is reportedly said to be due to these apps posing threat to India’s national security.
Popular battle royale game ‘Garena Free Fire’, some photo and video editing apps such as Sweet Selfie HD, Viva Video Editor, and Beauty Camera. Additionally the apps Dual Space Lite and AppLock are also included in the list of banned apps.
Here, the surprising part is the majority of the apps in the list are the rebranded version of the apps that the Indian government banned back in 2020 and 2021. This means most of the apps got renamed with minimal changes or with no change.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology or MeitY has cited section 69A of the IT Act, 2000, to ban the apps. The aforementioned section allows the Indian Government to impose a ban on the apps if they jeopardize the country’s sovereignty and integrity.
Here’s a comprehensive list of the banned apps (February 2022):
- APUS Security HD (Pad Version)
- Barcode Scanner – QR Code Scan
- Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera
- Beauty Camera: Sweet Selfie HD
- CamCard for SalesForce Ent
- Conquer Online
- Conquer Online – MMORPG Game
- CuteU Pro
- CuteU: Match With The World
- Dual Space – 32Bit Support
- Dual Space – 64Bit Support
- Dual Space Lite – Multiple Accounts & Clone App
- Dual Space Pro – 32Bit Support
- Dual Space Pro – Multiple Accounts & App Cloner
- DualSpace Lite – 32Bit Support
- Equalizer – Bass Booster & Volume EQ & Virtualizer
- Equalizer & Bass Booster – Music Volume EQ
- Equalizer Pro – Volume Booster & Bass Booster
- EVE Echoes
- Extraordinary Ones
- FancyU – Video Chat & Meetup
- FancyU pro – Instant Meetup through Video chat!
- FunChat Meet People Around You
- Garena Free Fire – Illuminate
- Isoland 2: Ashes of Time Lite
- Lica Cam – selfie camera app
- Live Weather & Radar – Alerts
- MoonChat: Enjoy Video Chats
- MP3 Cutter – Ringtone Maker & Audio Cutter
- Music Player – Equalizer & MP3
- Music Player – MP3 Player
- Music Player – Music, MP3 Player
- Music Plus – MP3 Player
- Nice video baidu
- Notes – Color Notepad, Notebook
- Onmyoji Arena
- Onmyoji Chess
- Parallel Space Lite 32 Support
- RealU Lite -video to live!
- RealU: Go Live, Make Friends
- Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade
- SmallWorld-Enjoy groupchat and video chat
- Stick Fight: The Game Mobile
- Tencent Xriver
- Twilight Pioneers
- UU Game Booster-network solution for high ping
- Video Player Media All Format
- Viva Video Editor – Snack Video Maker with Music
- Voice Recorder & Voice Changer
- Volume Booster – Loud Speaker & Sound Booster
- Wink: Connect Now
Back in September 2020, the Indian Government banned PUBG Mobile and 117 other Chinese apps.
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