Pubg, Resso and More 275 Chinese Apps Banned By Indian Govt, After 59 Chinese Apps ban in India
India has picked up a list of 275 Chinese apps that it will consider for any violation of national security and user privacy, signaling heightened scrutiny. The possibility of more Chinese internet companies could ban in India, according to the people aware of the development.
This follows the most high-profile ban of 59 Chinese applications last month, includes short video making platform TikTok, After simmering geopolitical conflicts between the two Asian giants.
The evaluated list includes gaming app PubG backed by China’s most worthy internet major Tencent, AliExpress by e-commerce giant Alibaba, Zili by phone maker Xiaomi, and apps like ULike and Resso from TikTok-owner ByteDance. “The government may ban all or some or none from the list,” said one person cited above.
A spokesperson from the union home ministry did not answer the questions from ET on the developments. However, official sources said reviews aimed at classifying more Chinese apps and their funding is underway. “Some of these Chinese apps have been the red-flagged cause of security reasons while others have been listed for breach of data sharing and privacy concerns,”
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While India has banned the 59 Chinese apps — following a violent face-off between the armed forces of both countries on June 15 — India cited threats to national security and public order. China criticized the step, stating it was “strongly concerned” about the ban.
Queries through Email from ET on the latest developments sent to Kuaishou, Tencent, Xiaomi, Alibaba, and Bytedance remained unanswered till press time.
Chinese Internet companies have nearby 300 million individual users in India, showing that two-thirds of India’s smartphone users have downloaded a Chinese app, according to industry estimates.
Among the Chinese apps being scrutinized now are 14 MI apps by Xiaomi and lesser-known ones such as FaceU and CapCut. Other Chinese internet apps and tech majors like LBE Tech, Meitu, Sina Corp, Perfect Corp, Yoozoo, Netease Games also included.
Chinese technology companies have invested in some Companies such as Helsinki-based Supercell. Lasy year, Tencent bought a majority stake in the gaming company.
The government is trying to formalize a method for such bans. The concerned ministry has been asked to draft law or circular or some form of regulation for continuous inspection of the apps operating in India. “A set of rules and screening procedures may take time but is the correct process to go about it in the future.”
Meanwhile, a govt committee set up to investigate the 59 Chinese banned apps data practices will review the companies’ reactions — the deadline for which expires this week — and initiate further action.
The fifth-largest economy of Asia is now the battleground for Chinese and American internet majors that are striving to dominate one of the world’s largest open internet markets, with an approximated base of 450 million smartphone users.
Zili and Snack Video had moved into the top10 list on Google Play, as the two Chinese apps emerge as contenders to replace the banned short video app TikTok.
For PubG, India is its largest market, according to app intelligence firm Sensor Tower estimates, producing nearby 175 million installs to date, or 24% of the total downloads.