The Indian government denied claims of banning Chinese apps on app stores. A fake order has been making the rounds on the internet claiming that the government has restricted certain apps owned by the Chinese companies.
The message included a fake order allegedly from the NIC, National Informatics Centre which comes under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. It apparently instructed Google Play Store and Apple App Store to restrict certain Chinese apps in the country.
It stated that the government has directed the regional executive and representatives of Google and Apple to “restrict the functioning of Chinese applications from the respective stores with immediate effect”.
Notably, the mentioned apps included several popular names including TikTok, Shein, Club Factory, CamScanner, VMate, Beauty Plus, Vigo Video, LiveMe, AppLock, Bigo Live, and Romwe. Moreover, it also included games like Gale of Sultans, Mobile Legends, and Clash of Kings.
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However, the Press Information Bureau’s official Fact Check Twitter handle has dismissed these claims. It clarified that no such instructions have been given by the NIC or MeitY and that the order being circulated on social media is a fake.
This fake order has been circulated at a time when Anti-China sentiments are rising in the country due to the escalating tensions between India and China at the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. Many people are raising voices to boycott Chinese goods following the India-China Standoff. Notably, Indian innovator and education reformist, Sonam Wangchuk, the inspiration behind Amir Khan Starrer, 3 Idiots has also urged countrymen to boycott Chinese products and uninstall Chinese apps.
Several Indian apps have also surfaced capitalising on the growing anti-China sentiments. India’s TikTok rival app, Mitron had crossed over 50 lakh downloads on the Google Play Store. Furthermore, Google Play Store also removed the “Remove China Apps” application from its store for violating deceptive behaviour policy.