With the ongoing dispute between India and China, India took steps to ban more than 50 Chinese applications last month with the explanation that these apps are invading and threatening their national security. The news has just regulated that India has further restricted 47 Chinese applications in the country.
However, even after getting the applications banned in the entire nation, some Indians found it too difficult to resist using the apps through a proxy. Indians started using the apps that allow them to use the already banned apps, including Cam Scanner and TikTok. The new apps that are now banned include lite versions of ShareIt and Helo, Cam Scanner advanced. The full list of newly banned apps will be issued by New Delhi today.
After the military clash of Indian and Chinese army at the Himalayas in which around 20 Indian soldiers were killed, the patriotism amongst every Indian started to show up. Anti-China sentiment has become a slogan that is being used by almost every Indian since the clash. As per the records of a leading mobile insight company, the banned apps such as TikTok, UC Browser and Club Factory, altogether had more than 500 million active users monthly.
Some local Indian outlets have reported that New Delhi is reviewed 275 apps that are developed by the Chinese, these apps include, Ali Express, PUBG, Resso music streaming service etc. but a final verdict has not been taken yet.
With the ban on Chinese apps, the users are shifting to Indian applications to fill the void. Apps like Twitter-backed Sharechat and InMobi Group’s Roposo have noticed a massive surge of new subscribers in a single month.
However, the most prominent benefit provided to any app due to the restrictions is Facebook. Earlier this month, Facebook and Instagram launched a Reel feature in India, which perceived around 30% user engagement on Facebook in the past few weeks.