India bans 43 more Chinese apps, including AliExpress and Lalamove
The ban hammer on Chinese apps has struck again, as the Government of India has now added 43 more apps to the ever-expanding list of banned apps in India. The ban wave began with the first set comprising of 59 apps including TikTok and Mi Community, then another 47, another 118 including PUBG Mobile, and now 43. This brings the tally to 267 Chinese apps that are banned in India.
Much like the previous orders, these 43 apps in this round have been found to be “prejudicial to [the] sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.” Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 is once again being used as the provision of law under which the ban order is being passed.
List of apps banned in Wave 4
The list of 43 apps banned in this round are:
- AliSuppliers Mobile App
- Alibaba Workbench
- AliExpress – Smarter Shopping, Better Living
- Alipay Cashier
- Lalamove India – Delivery App
- Drive with Lalamove India
- Snack Video
- CamCard – Business Card Reader
- CamCard – BCR (Western)
- Soul- Follow the soul to find you
- Chinese Social – Free Online Dating Video App & Chat
- Date in Asia – Dating & Chat For Asian Singles
- WeDate-Dating App
- Free dating app-Singol, start your date!
- Adore App
- TrulyChinese – Chinese Dating App
- TrulyAsian – Asian Dating App
- ChinaLove: dating app for Chinese singles
- DateMyAge: Chat, Meet, Date Mature Singles Online
- AsianDate: find Asian singles
- FlirtWish: chat with singles
- Guys Only Dating: Gay Chat
- Tubit: Live Streams
- First Love Live- super hot live beauties live online
- Rela – Lesbian Social Network
- Cashier Wallet
- MGTV-HunanTV official TV APP
- WeTV – TV version
- WeTV – Cdrama, Kdrama&More
- WeTV Lite
- Lucky Live-Live Video Streaming App
- Taobao Live
- Identity V
- Isoland 2: Ashes of Time
- BoxStar (Early Access)
- Heroes Evolved
- Happy Fish
- Jellipop Match-Decorate your dream island!
- Munchkin Match: magic home building
- Conquista Online II
The biggest app in this list is AliExpress, without a doubt. While the e-commerce platform isn’t as popular as Amazon and Flipkart in India, it is still a popular choice for scouting deals on less-popular and niche products. Further, this list also includes a few dating apps, but none of them are too popular in the country. Lalamove was an upcoming delivery app connecting businesses with commercial truck drivers, but even that seems to have been caught in the crosshair.
Apps that have been banned in these ban waves have not yet made a return to the Indian market. PUBG Mobile is charting its return to the country in the form of PUBG Mobile India, but other than that, no information is available on other apps like TikTok.