Indian government bans 54 Chinese apps

Indian government bans 54 Chinese apps

Ministry of Home Affairs has suggested a ban on 54 Chinese mobile applications, including Free Fire. Free Fire is a Singapore-based company, and the developer is not a Chinese company. The game was one of India's most downloaded games last year and took up the space created by PUBG after it was banned in Sep 2020. The app has already been removed from the Google Play Store and App Store in India, as indianexpress.com had reported on Sunday.

The Free Fire developer has issued a statement on the ban, saying they were aware of the circumstance and working to resolve it. It's not clear if the game will come back into the market or not.

As per the PTI report, the Ministry of Electronics and IT will formally issue notifications banning the operations of the apps in India. In 2020, the government of India had also banned TikTok and other popular short video apps from China. When TikTok was denied on June 29, 2020, the list included around 59 apps in the full list. Other popular apps were Shareit, Shein, Likee, Clash of Kings, Weibo, Xiaomi Mi Community, etc.

Ministry of Electronics and IT had also banned the earlier apps under Section 69A of the IT Act, which states that the government has the "Power to issue direction for monitoring or interception or decryption of any details through any resources."

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The Complete list of 54 blocked Chinese apps is provided below:

1 Music Player – MP3 Player
2 Garena Free Fire – Illuminate
3 Equalizer
4 Music Player
5 Equalizer & Bass Booster
6 Stick Fight: The Game Mobile
7 Equalizer Pro
8 Video Player Media All Format
9 Music Player
10 Volume Booster
11 Beauty Camera: Sweet Selfie HD
12 CamCard for SalesForce Ent
13 Isoland 2: Ashes of Time Lite
14 Dual Space Pro – Multiple Accounts & App Cloner
16 Astracraft
17 Viva Video Editor
18 Nice video Baidu
19 Tencent Xriver
20 Barcode Scanner – QR Code Scan
21 Onmyoji Arena
22 AppLock
23 Equalizer – Bass Booster & Volume EQ & Virtualizer
24 Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade
IS/APUS Security HD (Pad Version)
25 DualSpace Lite – 32Bit Support
26 Dual Space – 32Bit Support
27 Dual Space – 64Bit Support
28 Dual Space Pro – 32Bit Support
29 Conquer Online – MMORPG Game
30 Conquer Online Il
31 Live Weather & Radar – Alerts
32 Notes
33 MP3 Cutter
34 Voice Recorder & Voice Changer
35 Onmyoji Chess
36 Lica Cam – selfie camera app
37 EVE Echoes
38 Parallel Space Lite 32 Support
39 UU Game Booster
40 Extraordinary Ones
41 Badlanders
42 Music Plus – MP3 Player
43 Twilight Pioneers
44 CuteU
45 Small World
46 CuteU Pro
47 FancvU – Video Chat & Meetup
48 Real: Go
49 MoonChat: Enjoy Video Chats
50 Real-Lite -video to live!
51 Wink: Connect Now
52 FunChat Meet People Around You
53 FancyU pro – Instant Meetup through Video chat!
54 Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera