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Govt Denies Banning 14 Chinese language Apps From Google Play, Apple App Retailer


The federal government on Friday refuted a viral message claiming that the Ministry of Electronics & IT (Meity) had put restrictions on a number of “Chinese language packages” in India. The message has been doing rounds of the Web, claiming that the Nationwide Informatics Centre (NIC) that comes underneath the Meity, has requested Apple and Google to limit Chinese language-origin apps on Google Play and App Retailer with “quick impact.” The alleged record of Chinese language-origin apps within the viral faux message incorporated TikTok, Conflict of Kings, Recreation of Sultans, Vigo Video, and extra.

In a tweet, the federal government’s Press Data Bureau (PIB) fact-checked the viral message and dubbed it faux, pronouncing that the message used to be no longer issued via NIC.

What does the viral message say?

The viral message shared via PIB Reality Test highlights that the NIC has issued an order, teaching the restriction of 14 apps supplied via Chinese language firms, on Google Play store and Apple’s App Store. The message claims that the federal government has directed the regional executives of Google and Apple to limit the apps as they put customers’ privateness in danger and compromise the “sovereignty of the rustic.”

The record comprises apps equivalent to LiveMe, Bigo Are living, Vigo Video, Good looks Plus, CamScanner, Conflict of Kings, Cell Legends, Membership Manufacturing unit, Shein, Romwe, AppLock, Vmate, and Recreation of Sultan. It additionally claimed that the federal government has requested Apple and Google to limit TikTok from their respective app shops.

The timing of the faux message is no surprise because it comes amid emerging anti-China sentiments within the nation. Previous the month, Google had removed the Remove China Apps software from Google Play for violating misleading behaviour coverage. The Take away China Apps in a brief duration had crossed over 50 lakh downloads.

In a similar fashion, the upward push of the anti-China sentiment helped TikTok choice Mitron to realize huge recognition in India within the final one month. The TikTok clone app lately has over 50 lakh downloads on Google Play.


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