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WeChat cuts off service in India, and India bans 47 more apps
Published on: 2020-07-28
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wechat 01India, which last month blocked 59 apps developed by Chinese firms on the grounds that they pose a threat to the nation’s security, has banned an additional 47 apps.

WeChat on Monday suspended its services for users in India. As per reports, a number of people using WeChat were automatically logged out from the app. Soon after disabling its services for Indian users, WeChat sent a notification saying that pursuant to Indian law, WeChat is not able to offer services to India users at the moment.

The nation’s Ministry of Electronics and IT’s new ban order, issued on late Friday according to a person familiar with the matter, is aimed at those apps that were facilitating access to previously banned services such as TikTok and Cam Scanner. The new apps to be banned include Cam Scanner Advance, and customized lite versions of Helo and ShareIt. New Delhi is expected to release the full list of apps today.

The ban on 59 apps that impacted TikTok, WeChat, ShareIt and UC Browser late last month by India, the world’s second largest internet market, was seen as the latest standoff between the world’s two most populated nations.

The biggest beneficiary of the ban in India has been Facebook, according to Kantar. The research firm estimated that both Facebook’s marquee service and Instagram, which launched its Reels feature in India earlier this month, have witnessed a 30% surge in user engagements in the country in recent weeks.

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