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Having apps banned won’t create gap for Chinese companies!

The Government of India has banned 59 apps, including the popular Tik Tok video app. Diksha Singh, a student of law, said the banning of these apps may be another step forward against the Chinese government, where 59 apps have been banned all over India. Some of these are highly popular apps, and a source of earning for some social media influencers.

Even though, banning them in one country, won’t create a big economic gap within these Chinese companies. But, surely, it is a big step, and a good one!

So, how would the removal be monitored? She said that the Internet service providers have been approached to ban these apps. That is, people won’t be able to download them, and access them from the Play Store and use those apps that require an Internet connection. Whereas, the apps that can work without the Internet, and have already been downloaded before this ban, would continue to work in their usual manner.

Indian companies likely to face reverse heat
Would this ban extend to all Chinese-invested companies? She does not think it would be taken to such a large scale because the Indian government also earns from those Chinese companies. For that matter, the Indian companies in China are also going to face the reverse heat. Those companies could include Gaana, Hungama, Flipkart, Practo, etc.

Is this ban also a reaction against the recent cyber attacks? She said: “I think, it is majorly due to the cyber attacks under under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, as far as the government has released the information.”

Section 69A of the IT Act, empowers the Central Government to order that access to certain websites and computer resources) be blocked in the interest of the defense of the country, its sovereignty and integrity, the security of the State, friendly relations with foreign States, public order or for preventing incitement to the commission of an offence.

Finally, do these banned apps have any backdoor? According to Ms Diksha, China has invested a lot of money in India. For sure, there is a back door. Firstly, the ban is an interim order, which means, it is a temporary ban, just to showcase that the Indian government is trying to do something.

Secondly, even if this becomes a permanent ban, the bigger Chinese companies could donate to the Indian government to keep their apps running. Thirdly, if all the above-mentioned scenarios fail, the people can use VPNs to access these apps easily.

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