India has decided to ban 59 apps, mostly from China. Given that India has the world’s second largest population, this could be seen as a disruption to the apps market. Amongst the apps that are as from now forbidden in India are the highly popular social platform TikTok, chat app WeChat, message site Weibo and the streaming service QQ Music.
The Indian government claimed that the apps were “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.”
The apps are said to steal data from Indian users and are turning these over to the Chinese government, media in India reported.
“The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures.”
India and China have had conflicts over their borders in northern India and western China for decades. Both countries claim part of the mountainous region. The argument has started in recent weeks. Dozens have been killed.
Over in the US, conservative commentators such as Fox News’s Laura Ingraham were quick to react to the news, urging her own government to follow suit.