The Ministry of Electronics and information Technology today issued an order under section 69A of the Information Technology Act blocking access to 43 mobile apps on ground of “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order”. This includes several Chinese apps and four apps owned by China’s retail giant, the Alibaba Group.
The Centre’s move against the Chinese through ‘digital strike’ started in June after the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers in a clash with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley, banning 59 Chinese apps followed by 118 more apps that were posing threat to the country’s sovereignty.
The central government now has banned a total of 220 apps including the viral video platform, TikTok, and the popular mobile shooting game, PUBG, and now apps from Chinese retail giant Alibaba which includes Alibaba Workbench, AliExpress, Alipay Cashier, CamCard, and WeDate.
“Government is committed to protect the interests of citizens and sovereignty and integrity of India on all fronts and it shall take all possible steps to ensure that,” the Centre said today.