Updated: July 2, 2020 2:07:08 pm
The Ministry of Information Technology (Meity) announced a crucial move of banning 59 Chinese apps in the country stating privacy concerns. In an official statement, Meity said “upon receiving of recent credible inputs that such Apps pose threat to sovereignty and integrity of India, the Government of India has decided to disallow the usage of certain Apps, used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet-enabled devices. This move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace.”
TikTok is one of the 59 Chinese apps banned in India. Commenting on the decision to ban TikTok India’s head Nikhil Gandhi said, “The government of India has issued an interim order for the blocking of 59 apps, including TikTok and we are in the process of complying with it. We have been invited to meet with concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications. TikTok continues to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law and has not shared any information on our users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese Government. Further, if we are requested to in the future we would not do so. We place the highest importance on user privacy and integrity. ”
As we reported TikTok has already been removed from both Google Play store and Apple App store. Here are some alternate apps you can use instead of TikTok and other 58 Chinese apps that have been banned in the country.
TikTok, Helo, Big Libe, Vigo Video, Vmate, U Video and Kwai banned in India: Alternate apps
There are several Indian short video platforms available in the country. Some of them are:
Notably, Zee5 is also working to launch a short video platform.
Baidu Translate banned in India: Alternate apps
We Meet, We Chat banned in India: Alternate apps
Hago Play With New Friends banned in India: Alternate apps
Shareit, Xender, ES File Explorer banned: Alternate apps
Some Indian alternatives are:
UC Browser, DC Browser, CM Browser, APUS Browser banned: Alternate apps
Mobile Legends banned in India: Alternate apps
*Fortnite Battle Royale
*Legends of Legends
Baidu map banned: Alternate apps
Shein, Club Factory, ROMW banned in India: Alternative apps
There are several shopping apps available for download. Shein is mainly for women clothing and accessories. Club factory and ROWM are also online shopping platform. Some alternative apps are:
Camscanner banned in India: Alternative apps
*Microsoft Office Lens
YouCam makeup, SelfieCity, Meitu banned in India: Alternative apps
*B612 Beauty & Filter Camera
DU battery saver banned in India: Alternate apps
*Battery Saver & Charge Optimizer
ES File Explorer banned in India: Alternate apps
Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile, Virus Cleaner banned in India
You don’t require an alternative app for cleaning “virus” from your mobile phone. Uninstall all such apps if you have on your smartphone right away.
Newsdog, UC News, QQ Newsfeed banned in India: Alternate apps
Or all apps by popular media publications.
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