India bans TikTok, WeChat and Xiaomi apps amidst rising tensions with China

Yordan, 30 June 2020

The Indian Government has announced that it has banned 59 mobile applications, including TikTok, WeChat, and Mi Community. The reason is, as stated in a press release, the Ministry of Information Technology “has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about the misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India”.

India bans TikTok, Xiaomi apps, amidst rising tensions with China

There were multiple reports from the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, the Ministry of Home Affairs, and the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) that these mobile apps are a threat to national security and risk to the privacy of Indian citizens. The Government of India has decided to disallow the usage of certain Apps, used both by mobile and non-mobile users.

Looking at the list, we see predominantly service apps that are advertised in India as must-haves - a file explorer, document scanner, RAM cleaner, an independent sharing service, but no major platforms with in-game purchases like PUBG, for example. However, platforms by major Chinese companies were not spared - we see Baidu apps, Alibaba’s UC Browser, and Tencent’s ecosystem of QQ apps.

Among smartphone manufacturers, Xiaomi is the sole company with some of its apps being banned, there is nothing on Huawei, even if the Shenzhen company is having massive issues with the US government.

India bans TikTok, Xiaomi apps, amidst rising tensions with China

This is likely a political move and a stance against China, following the border stand-off in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed. At the moment of writing this article we tried to download some apps from Google Play and run others that were already installed, and they all worked effortlessly, raising the question how is the Indian Government planning to implement this ban.

Here’s the full list of blocked apps, as given by the Indian government:

  • TikTok
  • Shareit
  • Kwai
  • UC Browser
  • Baidu map
  • Shein
  • Clash of Kings
  • DU battery saver
  • Helo
  • Likee
  • YouCam makeup
  • Mi Community
  • CM Browers
  • Virus Cleaner
  • APUS Browser
  • ROMWE
  • Club Factory
  • Newsdog
  • Beutry Plus
  • WeChat
  • UC News
  • QQ Mail
  • Weibo
  • Xender
  • QQ Music
  • QQ Newsfeed
  • Bigo Live
  • SelfieCity
  • Mail Master
  • Parallel Space
  • Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
  • WeSync
  • ES File Explorer
  • Viva Video – QU Video Inc
  • Meitu
  • Vigo Video
  • New Video Status
  • DU Recorder
  • Vault- Hide
  • Cache Cleaner DU App studio
  • DU Cleaner
  • DU Browser
  • Hago Play With New Friends
  • Cam Scanner
  • Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
  • Wonder Camera
  • Photo Wonder
  • QQ Player
  • We Meet
  • Sweet Selfie
  • Baidu Translate
  • Vmate
  • QQ International
  • QQ Security Center
  • QQ Launcher
  • U Video
  • V fly Status Video
  • Mobile Legends
  • DU Privacy

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  • TEA

This should have been done long time ago.

  • Anonymous

Well, I own 2 Xiaomi phones. One is rooted and a Pixel ROM has been installed, the other isn't rooted, but many pre installed apps has been uninstalled with a PC app called ADBFastboot (by Szaki). This is how I got rid of many Xiaomi crapware. F...

Why ES File Explorer should be banned? Lol!

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