Amid continuing standoff and border tension with China in Eastern Ladakh since May, the Indian government on Tuesday announced a new list of apps that it wants blocked under the Information Technology Act.
These apps are in addition to hundreds of other apps that have been previously banned by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)) government over security apprehensions.
The common thread of all these apps is their Chinese origin over which the government appears concerned.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology issued an order under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act blocking access to 43 mobile apps. The action by the Ministry was taken on the basis of the inputs regarding these apps for engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order. The Ministry has issued the order for blocking the access to these apps by users in India based on the comprehensive reports received from Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center, Ministry of Home Affairs.
Earlier on June 29, 2020, the Government of India had blocked access to 59 mobile apps and on September 2 this year, 118 more apps were banned under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act. Government is committed to protecting the interests of citizens and sovereignty and integrity of India on all fronts and it shall take all possible steps to ensure that. Here is the list of Apps which have been blocked by the government.