Govt directs internet companies to immediately block Chinese apps

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NEW DELHI: The authorities on Tuesday directed all internet service suppliers to block 59 Chinese cellular apps below emergency clause of the IT Act, in accordance to sources.
The order has been issued in two units — the primary set accommodates checklist of 35 apps and the opposite 24 apps based mostly out of China, the sources stated.
“Order to block all 59 Chinese apps to internet service providers have been issued now,” a telecom ministry supply instructed PTI.
The checklist has similar set of apps as was introduced by the federal government on Monday. It consists of title of TikTok, UC News, UC Browser, Viva Video, Mi Video Call, Bigo Live, Wechat and so forth.
“The government has issued web link along with IP addresses which will make Internet service providers to easily block the access to Chinese apps,” an business supply stated.
“The Ministry of Electronics and & Information Technology has issued directions for blocking 24 apps under the emergency clause 69A of the IT Act 2000, in addition to 35 apps for whose blocking instructions have been issued earlier today itself,” a DoT order to internet companies stated.
India on Monday banned 59 apps with Chinese hyperlinks, together with massively standard TikTok and UC Browser, saying they had been prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and safety of the nation.

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