Earlier in June, the Government of India had blocked access to 59 mobile apps and in September 118 more apps were banned under section 69A of the Information Technology Act. The government has cited "sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order" as reasons for the ban under the Section 69 A of the Information Technology Act, 2000.
The move comes close on the heels of BlackFriday, a major event for online shopping globally ahead of the Christmas and New Year Holiday season.
Apart from the major apps of Alibaba group including AliSuppliers and Alibaba Workbench, some of the other major names which have been blocked this time include business card reader app CamCard, truck and driver aggregator Lalamove etc. Several social media and chatting apps such as Chinese Social, WeDate, TrulyChinese etc are also on the list.
This comes even as apps which were blocked in the first round are waiting for a clarification from the government on their future course of action after they submitted detailed responses to government questionnaires. The government had banned apps such as ByteDance owned TikTok and Helo along with WeChat, CamScanner, UC Browser, ShareIT and ClubFactory and PubG in multiple rounds so far.
Tuesday’s ban also includes app for queer groups such as Guys Only Dating: Gay Chat and Rela - Lesbian Social Network
"Government is committed to protect the interests of citizens and sovereignty and integrity of India on all fronts and it shall take all possible steps to ensure that,” the statement added.
List of apps that have been blocked
AliSuppliers Mobile App
AliExpress - Smarter Shopping, Better Living
Lalamove India - Delivery App
Drive with Lalamove India
CamCard - Business Card Reader
CamCard - BCR (Western)
Soul- Follow the soul to find you
Chinese Social - Free Online Dating Video App & Chat
Date in Asia - Dating & Chat For Asian Singles
Free dating app-Singol, start your date!
TrulyChinese - Chinese Dating App
TrulyAsian - Asian Dating App
ChinaLove: dating app for Chinese singles
DateMyAge: Chat, Meet, Date Mature Singles Online
AsianDate: find Asian singles
FlirtWish: chat with singles
Guys Only Dating: Gay Chat
Tubit: Live Streams
First Love Live- super hot live beauties live online
Rela - Lesbian Social Network
MGTV-HunanTV official TV APP
WeTV - TV version
WeTV - Cdrama, Kdrama&More
Lucky Live-Live Video Streaming App
Isoland 2: Ashes of Time
BoxStar (Early Access)
Jellipop Match-Decorate your dream island！
Munchkin Match: magic home building
Conquista Online II
16 Comments on this Story
Jonathan Dome53 days ago
At least they could have informed and given time before banning. I have several spare parts ordered worth thousands of rupees. I would have at least cancelled them. Now there is no way to get a refund or the packages. In the end it is the common man who suffers everything. Be it demonetization, lock-down or app bans. Think of the people at large before taking decisions overnight.
Abhilash D53 days ago
In name of security banning apps became funny. China building posts at doklam and government making copy apps.
Mudunuru Venkata Kutumba Rao53 days ago
apps ban goes on bexause dirty, hegemonic , rogue country tries destroy other counties economically and financially. so government should continue its exercise of banning Chinese products and services. immediately the government should ban all the components of mobile phone devices imported by Chinese companies aet uo in India, bexause brands like oppo, realme, redmi etc, are selling the mobile phones at the very low cost with cheap quality.