On the 27th of July, the Indian Government imposed a ban on 47 clone applications of previously banned applications of China.
The 47 banned applications were from the same parent company whose main apps including TikTok, UC Browser, ShareMe and others were banned.
According to sources, the banned applications are TikTok Lite, Helo Lite, Shareit Lite, Bigo Live Lite and VFY Lite, UC Browser Lite and others
However, a detailed list of the applications banned would be released soon.
In addition, concerned over the security of India, the Central Government is mulling to ban as many as 275 apps including PUBG, Zili and others. These 275 apps might include applications which have Chinese investors like Paytm, Swiggy, Uber and others.
The decision was announced under the Section 69A of the Information Technology Act
The decision came a month after the Central Government banned as many as 59 applications.
Many Indian companies appreciated the ban, which also gave a chance to Indian software developers to come up with such apps.
It also increased downloads for apps like Roposo, Ajio, Trell and others.
Ankit Chaudhari, another such CEO of a social media platform app, said, “The Chinese apps were catering to a need and the ban creates a void that can be filled with alternative apps both Indian and others. By the sentiments favour Indian apps and therefore it is a good time to be an app owner in this space currently specifically owing to our population size. What needs to be seen is the monetisation aspect as the Chinese apps either had deep pockets or had created a monetisation model to cater to the costs. This is where new apps will struggle,” .
With this, the Central Government officially banned as many as 106 Chinese sponsored and originated applications in India.
Stay tuned for further updates.