India Bans 54 More Chinese Apps That Could Compromise Security Includes Sweet Selfie HD, AppLock, Viva Video Editor and more

Ainsley Jones

Updated · Feb 22, 2022

India Bans 54 More Chinese Apps That Could Compromise Security Includes Sweet Selfie HD, AppLock, Viva Video Editor and more

India has banned 54 Chinese applications that pose a threat to security in the country the ministry of information technology and electronics announced today.

“These 54 apps are said to have different critical permissions and gather sensitive data from users. The real-time data collected are being used to sabotage and transferred to servers in a hostile countries,” the ministry said in an announcement.

The list of apps that are banned includes – Sweet Selfie HD, Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera, Garena Free Fire – Illuminate, Viva Video Editor, Tencent Xriver, Onmyoji Arena, AppLock and Dual Space Lite.

In June, India banned 59 Chinese mobile apps which include the popular social media platforms like TikTok, WeChat, and Helo in the wake of threats to the sovereignty of the country and its security. The apps were banned in accordance with Article 69A in the Information Technology Act, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology stated.

India is blocking 321 applications following tensions at the border were heightened with China in May of 2020.

The first bans were announced in June of 2020 following the death of the deaths of 20 Indian soldier were killed during an altercation with Chinese soldiers at Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh.

Eastern Ladakh border conflict between Indian as well as Chinese militaries was triggered at the end of May after a bloody clash within Pangong Lake. Pangong Lake areas and both sides gradually increased their force by rushing in tens or thousands of troops and heavy weapons.

The tensions had increased after a fatal clash within the Galwan Valley on June 15 the same year.