Govt of India blocks 43 more Chinese mobile apps

Govt of India blocks 43 more Chinese mobile apps, including AliExpress, Alipay Cashier, CamCard

The blocked apps include Alibaba Workbench, AliExpress, Alipay Cashier, CamCard and WeDate

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The Centre on Tuesday banned another set of 43 mobile apps from China including Alibaba Group Holding's e-commerce app AliExpress and dating app WeDate. 

The latest list of 43 mobile apps include AliSuppliers Mobile App, Alibaba Workbench, AliExpress, Alipay Cashier, CamCard (Business Card Reader), Snack Video, and several dating apps such as WeDate, Chinese Social, TrulyChinese, ChinaLove, DateMyAge, FlirtWish and Guys Only Dating.

Other apps that have been blocked include Tubit, WeWorkChina, First Love Live, Rela, Cashier Wallet, Jellipop Match, Munchkin Match and Happy Fish.

Full list of banned 43 Chinese apps

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology issued an order under section 69A of the Information Technology Act blocking access to 43 mobile apps, said a statement.

This action was taken based on the inputs regarding these apps for engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order, the statement said.

The MeitY issued the order for blocking the access of these apps by users in India based on the comprehensive reports received from Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center, Ministry of Home Affairs, said the statement.

Earlier on June 29 this year, the government had blocked access to 59 Chinese mobile apps and on September 2, another 118 apps were banned under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act.

Earlier banned mobile application including popular gaming app PUBG, TikTok, UC Browser, Baidu, Baidu Express Edition, Tencent Watchlist, FaceU, WeChat Reading and Tencent Weiyun.

The ban had come in the backdrop of border tensions with China in Ladakh.