In the wake of augmenting tensions pertaining to the border crisis erupted between India and China in the Galwan Valley on June 15, that resulted in several casualties, tensions between both countries have escalated.
In view of the emergent nature of threats pertaining to activities which are prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of the country, security of state and public order, the Ministry of Information Technology has decided to block 59 apps, mostly Chinese apps. The ban came on June 29.
The apps that have been banned include popular mobile apps including ByteDance’s TikTok, Alibaba’s UC Browser, Shareit, Tencent’s WeChat, etc.
The Ministry of Information Technology has received several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and secretly transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India. Keeping the safety and security of Indian nationals, the government has taken the stern decision.