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Government bans 59 Chinese Apps: What are alternatives?

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  • Ritika Gupta | Team Present Mirror | Updated: July 2, 2020, 12:26 p.m.




Amidst the ongoing tension between India and China, Indian Government on 29th June banned 59 Chinese apps in the country to ensure “safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace”. Citizens are appreciating the step taken and it is being taken in a positive light by the political spectrum. China has expressed some serious concerns over the matter while the US has supported the decision.


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The Indian Government banned 59 Chinese Apps which, according to the notification released by Ministry of Electronics and IT are “engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”. The 59 Apps banned include some popular apps like TikTok, Cam Scanner, Shareit and UC Browser among others. The ban, invoked amid the ongoing tensions between India and China concerning recent clashes between the two nations in Galwan Valley where, reportedly, more than 20 soldiers were martyred.

Here is the list of all the 59 Apps:

1. TikTok
2. Shareit
3. Kwai
4. UC Browser
5. Baidu map
6. Shein
7. Clash of Kings
8. DU battery saver
9. Helo
10. Likee
11. YouCam makeup
12. Mi Community
13. CM Browser
14. Virus Cleaner
15. APUS Browser
16. ROMWE
17. Club Factory
18. Newsdog
19. Beauty Plus
20. WeChat
21. UC News
22. QQ Mail
23. Weibo
24. Xender
25. QQ Music
26. QQ Newsfeed
27. Bigo Live
28. SelfieCity
29. Mail Master
30. Parallel Space
31. Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
32. WeSync
33. ES File Explorer
34. Viva Video – QU Video Inc
35. Meitu
36. Vigo Video
37. New Video Status
38. DU Recorder
39. Vault- Hide
40. Cache Cleaner DU App studio
41. DU Cleaner
42. DU Browser
43. Hago Play With New Friends
44. Cam Scanner
45. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
46. Wonder Camera
47. Photo Wonder
48. QQ Player
49. We Meet
50. Sweet Selfie
51. Baidu Translate
52. Vmate
53. QQ International
54. QQ Security Center
55. QQ Launcher
56. U Video
57. V fly Status Video
58. Mobile Legends
59. DU Privacy

Alternatives to the 59 banned apps:

Banned Apps

Alternate Apps

TikTok, Kwai, Likee, Bigo Live, Vigo Video, Vmate, U Video

Chingari, Mitron, Triller, Roposo, Dubsmash, Bolo Indya

Viva Video

KineMaster, Photo Video King Master

Baidu map

Google Maps, Apple Maps

Baidu Translate

Google Translate, Hi Translate

Helo

ShareChat

WeChat

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Hike

WeMeet

Hola

Hago Play With New Friends

Houseparty

Mobile Legends, Clash of Kings

Fortnite Battle Royale, Legends of Legends, PUBG, Clash of Clans

 

Shein, Club Factory, ROMWE

Myntra, Flipkart, Amazon, LimeRoad, Snapdeal

Shareit, Xender

Files by Google, Share ALL, Jio Switch, Smart Share

ES File Explorer

Solid Explorer

UC Browser, DU Browser, CM Browser, APUS Browser

Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera, Jio Browser

Newsdog, UC News, QQ Newsfeed

Google News, Apple News, Inshorts

 

Cam Scanner

Kaagaz Scanner, Adobe Scan, Microsoft Office Lens, Doc Scanner

Vault-Hide

Keepsafe

DU Privacy

Norton App Lock

Virus Cleaner

Avast Antivirus

Clean Master , Cheetah Mobile, DU Cleaner

SD Maid

DU Battery Saver

Greenify, Battery Saver & Charge Optimizer

DU Recorder

Screen Recorder No Ads

Parallel Space

App Cloner,Clone App,App Cloner & Dual App

Mail Mater

Microsoft Outlook

Mi Video Call

Google Duo, Google Meet

YouCam Makeup, SelfieCity, Meitu, BeautyPlus

 

B612 Beauty &Filter Camera, Candy Camera, LightX Photo Editor

 



Not more than a day after the notification was released; TikTok was taken down from Play Store as well as AppStore. Following which an official statement was released by TikTok India on its Twitter handle regarding the ban.



Netizens ridiculed the statement released by TikTok and lashed out at the App for jeopardising people’s privacy.

TikTok was one of the most popular apps in India. With more than 600 million downloads, India has accounted for nearly 30% of TikTok’s 2 billion downloads worldwide so far. Chinese company ByteDance which owns TikTok is said to face a loss of nearly $6 billion due to the ban.



A Chinese newspaper, Global Times, on its official twitter handle posted, “The loss of Chinese internet company ByteDance – mother company of Tik Tok — could be as high as $6 billion after Indian government banned 59 Chinese apps including #TikTok, following deadly border clash between Indian and Chinese troops last month”.

Union Minister of Communications, Electronics and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad supported the move by tweeting, “For safety, security, defence, sovereignty & integrity of India and to protect data & privacy of people of India the Government has banned 59 mobile apps. Jai Hind!”



West Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee supported the move, adding that banning apps would be not enough and a befitting reply needs to be given to China from our side. “Only banning a few apps will not be a proper reply, we have to give China a befitting reply”, she said while addressing a press conference.

The Department of Telecommunication (DoT) has directed all internet service providers to block 59 Chinese mobile apps under the emergency clause of the IT Act. The order has been issued in two sets, the first set contains 35 names and the second set contains 24 names; making it a total of 59 apps.

“Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has issued directions for blocking of 35 apps under the emergency clause 69A of the IT Act, 2000," the order read.

China expressed concern over the issues and said that the matter is being verified with the Indian government. The Chinese Embassy spokesperson in a statement said, “India’s measure, selectively and discriminatorily aims at certain Chinese apps on ambiguous and far-fetched grounds, runs against fair and transparent procedure requirements, abuses national security exceptions, and suspects of violating the WTO rules”. He further added that the ban would impact the livelihood and interests of several Indian workers who support these apps, and expressed his concern over the same.

“We expect India acknowledges the mutually beneficial nature of China-India economic and trade cooperation, and urge the Indian side to change its discriminatory practices, maintain the momentum of China-India economic and trade cooperation treat all investments and service providers equally, and create an open, fair and just business environment”, the Embassy added.

While China expressed its concerns, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday welcomed and appreciated the move by the Indian Government “We welcome India's ban on certain mobile apps that serves as an appendage of the CCP's (Chinese Communist Party) Surveillance State”, he told reporters. He further added, “India's clean app approach will boost India's sovereignty. It will also boost India's integrity and national security".

The Indian Government received many complaints regarding these apps from sources and reports which highlighted the misuse of some mobile applications for stealing and illegally transmitting the users’ data to foreign servers.

A part of the notification issued by Ministry of Electronics and IT on Monday read, “This move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety and sovereignty of India cyberspace”.
According to reports, Chinese companies have long been suspected of building backdoors in their hardware and software, one reason why many governments across the world have been uneasy at the prospect of deploying Chinese-made 5G networking equipment.

Robert C. O'Brien, the United States National Security Adviser, had recently detailed how China-linked companies tend to act as an arm of Beijing’s communist party and tried to “control thoughts” to serve the party’s interests. In his speech he added, “The Chinese Communist Party wants to know just about everything about you...they are collecting your most intimate data — your words, your actions, your purchases, your whereabouts, your health records, your social media posts, your texts, and mapping your network of friends, family, and acquaintances”.

China’s “Three Warfares” include concepts of public opinion warfare, psychological warfare, and legal warfare; all of which according to reports, intends to create political power. Out of the three, psychological warfare is in some ways the most far-reaching than others.

Dean Cheng, a Senior Research Fellow at Asian Studies Center in a report wrote that psychological warfare involves the application of specialized information and media following a strategic goal and in support of political and military objectives of China. Such efforts are aimed at a variety of potential audiences and usually involve operational missions against an opponent’s psychology and cognitive capacities. According to him, the goal behind it is to “influence, constrain, and/or alter an opponent’s thoughts, emotions, and habits”.

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