Earlier this week, the Indian government banned 59 mobile applications, citing national security concerns. A press said that these apps are engaged in activities that are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”. The government also accused these apps of “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorised manner to servers which have locations outside India”.
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59 shades of grey: Unpacking the China apps ban
Companies are rushing to fill a TikTok-shaped void. But the arbitrary nature of the ban on top Chinese apps is making startups aware that they are now but a tool in policy matter
India’s ban on Chinese apps exposes many inconsistencies in the way it has been rolled out
For one, Chinese smartphone companies or fintech lenders were not part of the ban
Startups see an opportunity, but the ecosystem is also rattled at using them as a policy tool
Chinese apps and Chinese capital have helped shape India’s internet ecosystem in ways no other venture capital money has been able to