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Google Play Store, App Store remove all 59 Chinese apps banned by government

Days after the government of India announced a ban on 59 Chinese apps, the apps have been removed from the Google Play Store and App Store.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | July 2, 2020 | Updated 12:04 IST

Highlights

  • Google has removed 59 Chinese apps from Play Store.
  • Short-video making platform TikTik was the first one to get knocked out of the Play Store and App Store
  • The list of apps that were banned by the government included UC browser, Shareit, Kwai, CamScanner and others.

Days after the government of India announced a ban on 59 Chinese apps, the apps have been removed from the Google Play Store and App Store. Short-video making platform TikTik was the first one to get knocked out of the Play Store and App Store and now all remaining apps have been shredded too. The list of apps that were banned by the government included UC browser, Shareit, Kwai, CamScanner and others.

Confirming the removal of the apps from the Google Play Store, a Google spokesperson said in a statement, "While we continue to review the interim orders from the Government of India, we have notified the affected developers and have temporarily blocked access to the apps that remained available on the Play Store in India."

The apps were nowhere to be found in Apple's App Store as well. Earlier, only TikTok was removed but the other apps were still discoverable but now there are absolutely no traces of the other 58 apps that were banned by the government. Apple is yet to issue a statement on the same.

Out of all the bans that were banned in India, TikTok had the largest user base in the country. TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer had revealed that there are over 200 million users in India and the apps have encountered an unfortunate challenge in India. Commenting on TiktTok's ban in India, Mayer said, ""These are unprecedented times but we remain committed to supporting the welfare of our TikTok creator community till this interim order is in effect. Our creator managers are actively engaging with our top creators to reassure them of our efforts and updates about path forward."

The government's decision to ban the Chinese apps didn't come as a surprise as the anti-China sentiments have been on the rise ever since tensions escalated between the two countries at the Galwan Valley. Howeber, the announcement came days after the violent clashes between India and China that claimed the lives of many Indian soldiers at the LAC. But the government didn't cite the clashes as the reason behind the ban, they said that these 59 apps were "engaged in activities prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order."

Meanwhile, TikTok's ban in India has opened windows of opportunities for many emerging apps that were trying to compete with TikTok earlier. Apps like Chingari, Mitron witnessed massive downloads on Google Play Store the day TikTok stopped working in India.

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