Today, India banned 59 Chinese apps from their country. According to India Today, the Indian government believed the removed apps to be "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order." Among the 59 banned apps are well-known apps such as TikTok, Wechat, Weibo, and a host of QQ apps and services.
There's no doubt that the recent political tensions have affected this decision. Nevertheless, Chinese companies will be upset over this news since India has been a massive market for these apps. TikTok, one of the most popular apps of the last two years, has garnered 2 billion downloads worldwide. Over 600 million of those downloads were from India.
In addition to the apps being banned, online versions of these apps are also prohibited. It seems that the Indian government is enforcing the complete removal of these services.
China, who has banned its own share of websites such as Google and Facebook, may start to see a trend with more countries banning China's apps. A number of negotiations are bound to come as China tries to reclaim its footing in India's market.
Here is a full list of the apps India has banned:
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