The Home Office recommends banning 54 Chinese mobile apps, including the popular game Garena Free Fire. Details are here.
The Home Office recommends banning 54 Chinese mobile apps, including the popular game Garena Free Fire. Interestingly, Garena Free Fire is based in Singapore and the developers are not Chinese. This game was one of the most downloaded games in India last year and occupied the space created by PUBG Mobile after being banned in September 2020. This app has already been removed from the Google Play Store and App Store in India.
Garena Free Fire Ban In India
In 2020, the government also banned TikTok and other popular short video apps in China. According to PTI, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) will officially issue a notice banning the operation of such apps in India.
When TikTok was banned on June 29, 2020, the list contained a total of about 59 apps. Other popular apps on the list were Shareit, Shein (fashion websites and apps), Xiaomi Mi Community, Clash of Kings, Weibo, Like, and more.
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The request has been blocked by MeitY under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act. It states that the government “has the authority to give instructions to intercept, monitor, or decrypt information through computer resources.” It is usually when the government is convinced that it is necessary or appropriate to act for “India’s sovereignty or integrity, India’s defense, national security, foreign friendship or public order. Prevents incitement from committing or investigating recognizable crimes related to the above.”
In the case of TikTok and PUBG, the government “considers the new nature of the threat”, “because it engages in activities that undermine India’s sovereignty and integrity, India’s defense, and the security of the state and its people. The third list of banned apps was released in November 2020 and contained a total of 43 apps. AliExpress was the largest name on this particular list.
Below is a complete list of 54 blocked Chinese apps.
1 Beauty camera: Sweet Selfie HD
2 Beauty Camera-Selfie Camera
3 Equalizers-Base Boosters, Volume Equalizers, and Virtualizers
4 Music Player-Music Player. MP3
5 Equalizer and Bass Booster-Music Volume Equalizer
6 Music Plus-MP3 Player
7 Equalizer Pro
8 Multimedia video player in all formats
9 Music Player-Equalizer and MP3
10 Volume Amplifier-Loud Speakers and Sound Amplifiers
11 Music Player-MP3 Player
12Cam Card for SalesForce Ent
13 Lost Island 2: Timelight Ash
14 Rise of Realms: The Crusaders are lost
I5 APUS Security HD (pad version)
16 Parallel Space Lite 32 support
17 Viva Video Editor-Snack Video Maker with Music
18 beautiful baidu videos
19 Tencent X River
20 Onmyoji Chess
21 Heian Road Arena
22 App lock
23 Dual Space Lite
24 Dual Space Pro-Clone multiple accounts and apps
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 Conquest Online-MMORPG Games
30 Conquest Online II
31 Live Weather and Radar-Alerts
32 Notes-Color Notepad, Notebook
33 MP3 Cutter-Ringtone Maker and Audio Cutter
34 Voice Recorder and Voice Changer
35 Barcode Scanner-QR Code Scan
36 LicaCam-Self-Camera App
37 EVE Echoes
39 UU Game Booster-High Ping Network Solution
42 Stick Fight: Mobile games
43 Twilight Pioneer
44 CuteU: Match With The World
45 Small World
46 CuteU Pro
47 FancvU-Video chat and meetings
48 Dir: It will be live. to make friends
49 MoonChat: Enjoy video chat
50 Real Lite-Living Video!
51 Wink: Sign in now
52 FunChat Meet the people around you
53 FancyU pro-Instant meet-up with video chat!
54 Garena Free Fire-Illuminations