UPDATE- 1:00 AM PDT on August 5th
India has banned prominent Chinese apps Weibo and Baidu in the latest political riffle between the two countries the Times of India reports. Both Weibo and Baidu are popular apps in China, the equivalent of the world’s Twitter and Google respectively.
According to the report the apps have already been taken down the Indian App Store and Google Play Store. The two apps are apart of the 47 apps included in a ban last week, however, have the two apps identity has now been made public.
“A ban on 47 apps was ordered late last week on grounds of national security and privacy concerns,” the first person cited above told Mint. Name of these apps could not be immediately confirmed. There are many apps with names, functionalities as well as operational ethics similar to the 59 banned Chinese apps. “All such apps are under the scanner,” he added.
Additionally, the Indian government is eyeing 275 Chinese apps for possible violations of national security and user privacy laws. According to a report by the Economic Times, apps such as Ali Express, and other apps owned by ByteDance are all apps that could potentially be banned.
While the names of the 47 apps that were banned today remain unknown, many are clones to TikTok such as Snack Video, or Bigo Lite which all rose to the top of the Google Play Store following the ban in June.
An official statement by the Indian government is impending.
This article will be updated once it’s made available.