TikTok vanishes from Play store but few apps banned by government still available to download
The Government of India on Monday banned 59 Chinese apps, including Tik Tok, UC News, Likee, for "engaging in activities prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order." Hours after the ban, while Tik Tok has vanished from both Play Store and Apple App Store, there are several apps that are still available to download.
One such app is Likee, which was among the 59 banned apps. The application was available to download on the play store at the time of writing this article. So was We Chat, another Chinese app banned by the government over national security concerns.
US Browser a free video downloader and news app has also not been removed from play store in India despite the government's ban order. In fact, many of the blocked apps are still available to download for users in the country.
'Chinese apps ban order difficult to execute'
According to a Times of India report citing digital and technology experts, it would be difficult to execute the ban on the Chinese apps as it would require internet service providers to blacklist every host-name and domain name associated with them.
Also, it would require Google and Apple to remove these apps from their play stores, which could expose users to unofficial versions of these apps.
While the orders to ban these apps have been issued, it may take some time for phone companies and Android and Apple app stores to act on them.
The ban ordered by the government will not only be applicable to new downloads but also on the already downloaded apps. Those who already these apps downloaded in their phones will also not be able to use them once the order are executed. However, some apps that are used offline may continue to work unless they are updated.
Posted By: Shashikant Sharma