INTRO: It is quite visible that there have been rumors roaming around on the Internet saying that India’s National Informatics Centre (NIC) has banned the use of a few of the Chinese apps in the country. The Indian Press Information Bureau’s Twitter account rejected all the claims regarding those rumors.
“Claim: A viral message of an order allegedly from NIC claims that @GoI_Meity has prohibited some apps from being made available on App Stores. #PIBFactCheck: The Order is #Fake. No such instruction has been given by @GoI_MeitY or NIC,” reads the tweet.
Claim: A viral message of an order allegedly from NIC claims that @GoI_Meity has prohibited some apps from being made available on App Stores. #PIBFactCheck: The Order is #Fake. No such instruction has been given by @GoI_MeitY or NIC. pic.twitter.com/Dt7rMR7nIz
— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) June 19, 2020
The rumored list of all the banned apps includes some of the popular Chinese apps such as LiveMe, Bigo Live, Vigo Video, Beauty Plus, CamScanner, Clash of Kings, Mobile Legends, TikTok, Club Factory, Shein, Romwe, AppLock, Vmate, and Game of Sultans.
The message also claims that the government has asked Apple and Google to remove all these apps from their respective stores and mobile devices. Further, the rumor also says these apps could “compromise the sovereignty of the country.” But, that’s not at all true. It is all a fake circulation of rumors.
The rumor comes at such a time when the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has warned of a massive and security breaching phishing attack promising COVID-19 aid and free testing.
People have shared the low-effort edit with all the misalignments through the multiple social media platforms, which could have made unsuspecting users uninstall them without any major confirmation and news. With all of that said, if you are indeed looking for alternate options to Chinese apps, you can go through the internet and find the best alternatives.
These kinds of rumors are not really a huge surprise in the current scenario where a piece of fake news spreads like a bullet, and also considering the anti-China sentiment persisting across the country after the Galwan Valley tensions between India and China. Instead, the situation has seen the rise of a few niche apps in the country such as TikTok clone Mitron, Remove China Apps ( both of them has been taken down from app store), and Made in India ( it is an app that lets you scan bar codes to know where a product originated from).