Chinese App: Government Denies Passing Order to Block Chinese App From Google Play, App Store
The government has clarified that the order to remove Chinese apps is bogus and no such instructions have been given to Google or Apple.
A message is circulating on social media claiming that the National Informatics Center under the Ministry of Electronics and IT has issued an order directing the ban of some Chinese apps on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. The government has clarified that the order is fake and no such instructions have been given to Google or Apple.
The message stated that the Indian government has instructed the regional executive and representatives of Google and Apple to “restrict the functioning of Chinese applications from shops concerned with immediate effect”. These apps include TikTok, VMate, Vigo Video, LiveMe, Bigo Live, Beauty Plus, CamScanner, Club Factory, Shein, Romwe, and AppLock.
This list includes games such as Mobile Legends, Clash of Kings, and Gale of Sultans. The message stated that these apps are accused of endangering user privacy, and it could compromise the sovereignty of the country.
The viral message shared by PIB Fact Check highlights that NIC has issued an order directing the ban of 14 apps made available by Chinese companies, which are available on Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store Are on The message claims that the government has instructed Google and Apple’s regional authorities to ban apps as they jeopardize users’ privacy and compromise “the sovereignty of the country”.
The fake order has come amidst growing tension between India and China over the LAC in Ladakh and a furor on social media over the ban on Chinese apps and products. Earlier, teacher and innovator Sonam Wangchuk urged the countrymen to research products made in China and uninstall the Chinese app. Wangchuk claimed that China was deliberately inciting border disputes not only with India but also with many other neighboring countries in the region.