India Government Bans Garena Free Fire, AppLock, and 52 Other Chinese Apps

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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):

  1. AppLock
  2. APUS Security HD (Pad Version)
  3. Astracraft
  4. Badlanders
  5. Barcode Scanner – QR Code Scan
  6. Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera
  7. Beauty Camera: Sweet Selfie HD
  8. CamCard for SalesForce Ent
  9. Conquer Online
  10. Conquer Online – MMORPG Game
  11. CuteU Pro
  12. CuteU: Match With The World
  13. Dual Space – 32Bit Support
  14. Dual Space – 64Bit Support
  15. Dual Space Lite – Multiple Accounts & Clone App
  16. Dual Space Pro – 32Bit Support
  17. Dual Space Pro – Multiple Accounts & App Cloner
  18. DualSpace Lite – 32Bit Support
  19. Equalizer – Bass Booster & Volume EQ & Virtualizer
  20. Equalizer & Bass Booster – Music Volume EQ
  21. Equalizer Pro – Volume Booster & Bass Booster
  22. EVE Echoes
  23. Extraordinary Ones
  24. FancyU – Video Chat & Meetup
  25. FancyU pro – Instant Meetup through Video chat!
  26. FunChat Meet People Around You
  27. Garena Free Fire – Illuminate
  28. Isoland 2: Ashes of Time Lite
  29. Lica Cam – selfie camera app
  30. Live Weather & Radar – Alerts
  31. MoonChat: Enjoy Video Chats
  32. MP3 Cutter – Ringtone Maker & Audio Cutter
  33. Music Player – Equalizer & MP3
  34. Music Player – MP3 Player
  35. Music Player – Music, MP3 Player
  36. Music Plus – MP3 Player
  37. Nice video baidu
  38. Notes – Color Notepad, Notebook
  39. Onmyoji Arena
  40. Onmyoji Chess
  41. Parallel Space Lite 32 Support
  42. RealU Lite -video to live!
  43. RealU: Go Live, Make Friends
  44. Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade
  45. SmallWorld-Enjoy groupchat and video chat
  46. Stick Fight: The Game Mobile
  47. Tencent Xriver
  48. Twilight Pioneers
  49. UU Game Booster-network solution for high ping
  50. Video Player Media All Format
  51. Viva Video Editor – Snack Video Maker with Music
  52. Voice Recorder & Voice Changer
  53. Volume Booster – Loud Speaker & Sound Booster
  54. Wink: Connect Now

Back in September 2020, the Indian Government banned PUBG Mobile and 117 other Chinese apps.

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