59 apps banned by government including TikTok, SHAREit, WeChat, UC Browser

TikTok App on a Phone Screen

India bans Tiktok among 59 apps, mostly Chinese

Beijing has denied accusations from New Delhi that Chinese forces entered Indian territory. This is where things get murky; India is heavily reliant on Chinese products, with Chinese phones making up 8 out of 10 phones sold in the country. Additionally, the company was fined $5.7 million by the Federal Trade Commission over children's privacy violations past year, and a pending Senate bill would prohibit the app from all federal government phones.

The Indian government has blocked TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps in the wake of ongoing border tensions with China.

If you are looking for alternatives for the above apps, check out this list here.

The Government of India on Monday banned as many as 59 Chinese apps including TikTok and UC Browser "which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order", news agency ANI reported. Other than the fact that all of these services are Chinese in origin, there is no commonality among the apps on the list.

The statement said the move was taken after several complaints were received by the ministry alleging theft of users' data and violations of user privacy. Facebook also stores Indian customers' data outside the country, but it isn't being targeted.

"On the basis of these and upon receiving of recent credible inputs that such Apps pose threat to sovereignty and integrity of India, the Government of India has made a decision to disallow the usage of certain Apps, used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet enabled devices", the statement said. Many of its strongest critics are in the United States, including some USA senators who have called for an investigation into the company.

Essentially, this is the Indian government's only way of retaliating against China. While these three have already garnered millions of downloads from both Google Play Store and Apple App Store, users might not be able to use these in the coming days.

Xiaomi's own video calling and chat application, Mi Video Call is one of the 59 apps banned by MEITY. Once again, we'll stick to our original recommendation of WhatsApp though, as the most widespread and well known application in this space, as it's nearly certain that the people you want to talk to also use it, so you don't have to convince them to download another app.

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