Government of India has blocked 320 apps on Android and iOS so far

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According to a trade and industry minister, the Indian government has blocked 320 mobile applications so far. The information has been provided in a written reply to Lok Sabha. Som Parkash, the Minister of Trade and Industry, said this application was blocked because of the “sovereignty, integrity and security of the state”. Also Read – After Latest Chinese App Ban, Government of India Continues to Investigate Applications: Report

In the latest round of apps that were banned, the government took down 49 applications. The government claims that these applications were more like duplicates of the applications that were banned in the first place. Also Read – Indian Government Bans 54 Chinese Apps: Report

According to a PTI report, Parkash said: “In line with the objective of ensuring a safe, reliable and responsible internet for all its users, the government has so far blocked 320 mobile applications under the provision of Section 69A of the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000,” Also Read – As COVID-19 Cases Spike In India, Aarogya Setu, BHIM, UMANG & More Government Apps To Get Your Work Done Online

Showing how this isn’t impacting the Indian economy much, Parkash also said India has received just $2.45 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) from China. This investment was made from April 2000 to December 2021.

He further explained China’s contribution to the influx of foreign direct investment into India or lack thereof. Parkash said, “China ranks 20th with a share of just 0.43 percent ($2.45 billion) of total FDI stock inflows as reported in India from April 2000 to December 2021.”

The Indian government had announced the first round of ban on Chinese applications in the month of June 2020. The list of 59 apps includes popular names such as TikTok, ShareIt, UCBrowser, SheIn, Clash of Kings, WeChat and many more.

The second time Chinese apps were shut down was in September 2020. This time, the most popular game on Android and iOS had to shut down in India. PUBG Mobile was banned. This led to Krafton studios announcing an Indian version of the game BGMI. Few NGOs in India are demanding a ban on the Battle Royale game.

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