54 Chinese apps including AppLock and Garena Free Fire banned in India

54 Chinese apps including AppLock and Garena Free Fire banned in India

The Indian government has launched a new digital offensive against China. In fact, the government has prohibited the use of 54 smartphone apps in the country. All of these apps posed a threat to India’s security. The popular game Garena Free Fire, as well as the AppLock app, have been banned. India had previously banned 59 Chinese mobile apps, including several social media platforms such as Tiktok, WeChat, and Hello, in June 2020, citing national security concerns.

These 54 apps are prohibited.

Sweet Selfie HD, Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera, Equalizer and Bass Booster, CamCard for Salesforce Ant, Isoland 2: Ashes of Time Light, Viva Video Editor, Tencent XRiver, Onmoji Chase, Onmoji Arena, AppLock, Dual Space Lite are among the 54 new apps banned by the government. However, the complete list of all 54 apps has yet to be released.

Garena Free Fire, a popular smartphone game, has already been removed from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. In such a case, it is possible that this will be added to the list. The game’s distributor, Garena International, has yet to comment on the situation.

Users in India were leaking information.

These apps have been banned by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. All of these apps were sending Indian users’ information to China and other countries. According to reports, these apps were leaking Indian users’ data to foreign servers. The apps have been ordered to be removed from Google’s Play Store.

More than 300 Chinese apps have been removed from the market.

The Indian government had previously announced that Chinese apps would be banned on June 29, 2020. 59 apps were banned on June 29, 2020, during the first digital strike. Following that, on July 27, 2020, 47 apps were banned, 118 on December 2, 2020, and 43 on November 2, 2020. On February 14, 2022, 54 apps were banned. The Ministry of Information Technology has banned all of these apps under Section 69A of the Technology Act.

Apps that children enjoy are included.

Children today are heavily reliant on their mobile devices. Children have grown accustomed to games such as Free Fire and Pubg. If these games are banned in this situation, it will have a significant impact on the children’s daily routine. For the past two days, Free Fire has been missing from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. It’s thought that this was also removed because it was on the list of banned apps.