The government of India banned 59 Chinese apps including famous apps TikTok, Likee, WeChat, and more, on Monday, to counter the threat posed by these applications to the country’s “sovereignty and security.”
The move came after the rising tensions between India and China following clashes at the border two weeks ago.
The Indian Ministry of Information Technology said in a press release on Monday, “the applications are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order.”
Those applications have also been removed from Apple's App Store and Google Play Store in India.
A senior official at the IT ministry said the prime reason to block the apps under section 69 A of the Information Technology Act is to stop the violation and threat to the security of the state and public order and to plug the data leaks.
Some applications were highly popular in India, including the ByteDance-owned video-sharing app TikTok, with a combined user base of more than half a billion.
Investors in Indian social apps say that competition will come down due to the ban on Chinese apps.
Here’s the list of apps banned: