India Bans 43 More Chinese Apps Over Cybersecurity Concerns

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India, which has banned more than 175 Chinese apps said on Tuesday it was banning an additional 43 such apps.

Like with the previous orders, India cited cybersecurity concerns to block these apps. “This action was taken based on the inputs regarding these apps for engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order,” said India’s IT Ministry in a statement.

The ministry said it issued the order to block these apps “based on the comprehensive reports received from Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center, Ministry of Home Affairs.

Why did India ban the Chinese apps?

India banned 43 more Chinese apps in New Delhi’s latest move to pressure China in the online industry. This is due to tensions following a deadly border clash between the countries.

India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology issued an order citing growing concerns about data security in blocking the Chinese apps, effectively restricting China’s access to one of the largest and fastest-growing online markets in the world.

How does the ban affect Chinese app providers and users?

The potential loss of advertising revenue impacts app-makers. ByteDance Ltd. recorded a doubling of global revenue to $17 billion in 2019. Meanwhile, the previous year ByteDance earned $3 billion in profit.

Installed apps may continue to exist on mobile devices. Now, users will not be able to access updated versions in the future.

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