The Indian government bans 54 more Chinese apps that threaten security
Apps banned include Sweet Selfie HD, Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera, Garena Free Fire – Illuminate, Viva Video Editor, Tencent Xriver, Onmyoji Arena, AppLock, and Dual Space Lite.
The ministry of electronics and information technology today said 54 Chinese apps pose a threat to the country’s security.
“These 54 apps obtain critical permissions and collect sensitive user data that is misused and sent to servers in hostile countries,” the ministry said in a statement.Ministry of Electronics
The list of banned apps include – Sweet Selfie HD, Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera, Garena Free Fire – Illuminate, Viva Video Editor, Tencent Xriver, Onmyoji Arena, AppLock, and Dual Space Lite.
In June last year, India banned 59 Chinese mobile applications including the widely used social media platforms TikTok, WeChat, and Helo over concerns about the country’s sovereignty and security. According to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the apps were banned under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act.
Indian authorities have blocked 321 apps since tensions with China escalated in May 2020.
Several rounds of bans were announced in June 2020, just days after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh.
Both Indian and Chinese militaries intensified their deployment in eastern Ladakh on May 5, 2020, following a violent clash in the Pangong Lake areas. Both sides then rushed in tens of thousands of soldiers and heavy weapons.
On June 15, that year, there was a deadly Clash in the Galwan Valley that escalated tensions