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India bans AliExpress, 42 other Chinese apps over security concerns

Other apps on the list include Snack Video, a short video app that was gaining traction after the ban on TikTok, and Alipay Cashier, which helped users collect payments from Alipay through a QR Code

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Some industry players claimed that some of these apps were banned earlier as well but they cloaked themselves under a new identity to enter the Indian market again | Photo: Reuters

Samreen Ahmad Bengaluru
In another blow to Chinese apps functioning in India, the government has banned 43 more apps in the country, including the popular online retail portal AliExpress, belonging to Jack Ma-owned e-commerce giant Alibaba Group.
 
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity) on Tuesday issued the order for blocking the access to these apps under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act.
 
"This action was taken based on the inputs regarding these apps for engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order,” it said in an official

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First Published: Nov 24 2020 | 7:44 PM IST

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