The Indian government banned an additional 47 apps, all clones or variations of fifty nine other apps. India is banning dozens more apps and reportedly reviewing hundreds of others including popular mobile game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), published by Tencent (TCEHY) and AliExpress, a shopping platform from Alibaba
Caught up in the initial ban were several prominent Chinese apps, including TIK TOK.
“Although the decision is based on the fact the new apps are the clones of the previously banned apps, we believe that this signals a strong intent from the Indian government’s point of view on their stand about data security and privacy,” said Tarun Pathak, associate director at Counterpoint Research. “This will surely open up a lot of discussion about other apps as well.”
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