Yesterday, the Indian government made a shocking announcement, banning 59 most used Chinese apps which were considered to be misusing the data of Indian users, and this move had come amidst the border tensions between India and China.
The crisis began on May 5 when Chinese troops annexed 60 sq km of the disputed Himalayan border zone of Ladakh in Kashmir, leading to the deaths of at least 23 Indian soldiers in hand to hand fighting on June 15.
"There have been raging concerns on aspects relating to data security and safeguarding the privacy of 130 crore Indians".
As for why Mobile Legends and Clash Of Kings are banned in India, the Ministry of Electronics and IT have posted a statement which suggests that certain apps have been "stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users' data in an unauthorised manner".
The apps are "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order", the ministry of information technology said.
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Chinese mobiles have an nearly 65 percent share in the local smartphone market, while video-sharing apps like TikTok and Helo are popular among India's youths.
The Indian Ministry of Information Technology also revealed that it had received an "exhaustive recommendation for blocking these malicious apps" from both the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center and the Ministry of Home Affairs.
"There have been similar bipartisan concerns, flagged by various public representatives, both outside and inside the Parliament of India".
TikTok and WeChat are widely popular in India.
"Chingari team wants to thank the government of India and PMO for this decision to ban Chinese apps". These apps are listed in the attached appendix.
The ban is also expected to be a big stumbling block for firms such as Beijing-based Bytedance which had plans to invest $1bn in India, open a local data centre, and had recently ramped up hiring in the country.