India bans 60 Chinese apps, including TikTok, but enforcement of ban unclear - Android

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India bans 60 Chinese apps, including TikTok, but enforcement of ban unclear - Android

India has now officially instituted a ban on dozens of apps that originate from China. However, how will it enforce the ban?

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  • India has officially instituted a Chinese app ban which specifically targets 60 applications.
  • Among the apps is the insanely popular TikTok as well as some other favorites of Android users.
  • India hasn’t given any indication for how it will enforce this ban, though, making it largely symbolic for now.



Today, the Indian government officially instituted a Chinese app ban which bans 60 apps. Some of the apps are relatively unknown but a few of them are incredibly popular, including the worldwide phenomenon TikTok.

We learned the news via Twitter, but we had heard rumblings of a Chinese app ban in the country as early as two weeks ago.

In a statement on the matter, the Ministry of Electronics & IT says the apps in question are “engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.” You can see the full statement in images below as well as the tweet where we found the info:

Chinese App Ban Statement Page 1 Chinese App Ban Statement Page 2