Why India Banned 54 Chinese Apps Including Garena Free Fire, CuteU, and More : Here is the TRUTH
In a big move, India recently banned 54 Chinese apps. The reason was not very clear, but now FM Nirmala Sitharaman has revealed why these Chinese apps were banned by India.
On February 14, the central government passed an ordinance banning 54 Chinese apps in the country, including popular Garena Free Fire, CuteU, Equalizer, Music Player, Tencent XRiver and many more. The decision was made citing security concerns. The reason was not very clear, but now FM Nirmala Sitharaman has revealed why these Chinese apps were banned by India. The finance minister said on Tuesday that Chinese apps were banned because they were “deleterious” in one way or another. Sitharaman informed reporters that the topic was discussed at the meeting of the Financial Stability Development Council (FSDC), which includes all financial sector regulators, according to a report by livemint.com.
According to the report shared by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), these Chinese apps were either the cloned version or had similar functionality, privacy issues and security threats as was the case in the 267 apps. previously blocked by government in 2020. Indian government initially blocked 59 apps on June 29, 2020, followed by 47 linked/cloned apps on August 10, 2020, then 118 apps were blocked on September 1, 2020 and later 43 apps were blocked on November 19, 2020.
Reportedly, these 54 apps obtained various critical permissions and collected sensitive user data. This collected real-time data is misused and transmitted to servers located in a hostile country.
Additionally, there are other serious concerns as some of these apps can perform spying and surveillance activities via camera/mic, access precise location (GPS) and perform malicious network activity similar to the apps previously blocked. Therefore, MeitY has issued interim instructions for blocking 54 Chinese apps in India.
See the full list of Chinese apps banned in India
1. Beauty Camera: Sweet Selfie HD
2. Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera
3. Equalizer – Bass Booster & Volume Equalizer & Virtualizer
4. Music player – Music, MP3 player
5. Equalizer & Bass Booster – Equalize Music Volume
6. Music Plus – MP3 Player
7. Equalizer Pro – Volume Booster & Bass Booster
8. All format media video player
9. Music Player – Equalizer and MP3
10. Volume Amplifier – Speaker & Sound Amplifier
11. Music Player – MP3 Player
12.CamCard for SalesForce Ent
13. Isoland 2: Ashes of Time Lite
14. Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade
15. APUS Security HD (Pad Version)
16. Support for Parallel Space Lite 32
17. Viva Video Editor – Snack Video Maker with Music
18. Beautiful Baidu Video
19. Tencent X River
20. Onmyoji Chess
21. Onmyoji Arena
23. Dual Space Lite – Multiple Accounts and Clone App
24. Dual Space Pro – Multiple Accounts and App Cloner
25. DualSpace Lite – 32-bit support
26. Double space – 32 bit support
27. Double space – 64 bit support
28. Dual Space Pro – 32 bit support
29. Conquer Online – MMORPG Game
30. Online Conquest Ⅱ
31. Live Weather & Radar – Alerts
32. Notes – Color Notepad, Notebook
33. MP3 Cutter – Ringtone Maker & Audio Cutter
34. Voice recorder and voice changer
35. Barcode Scanner – QR Code Scan
36. Lica Cam – selfie camera app
37. Echoes of EVE
39. UU Game Booster Network Solution for High Ping
42. Stick Fight: The Mobile Game
43. Twilight Pioneers
44. CuteU: match with the world
45. SmallWorld-Enjoy group chat and video chat
46. CuteU Pro
47. FancyU – Video chat and dating
48. RealU: Go Live, Make Friends
49. MoonChat: enjoy video chats
50. RealU Lite – video to live!
51. Wink: Connect Now
52. FunChat Meet people around you
53. FancyU pro – Instant Meetup via video chat!
54. Garena Free Fire – Light up