Amidst tension over the Indo-Chinese border, the Indian Government had banned 59 Chinese apps including TikTok by stating that they are prejudicial to sovereignty, security and Integrity of the country. However, the chinese firms resorted to ‘Lite’ versions of the apps and found a way through the ban in India. That seems to have ended now as the government has decided to ban the additional apps and they have already been removed from the official stores of Apple and Google.

The Hindustan Times has reported that the apps identified by officials were Helo Lite, ShareIt Lite, Bigo Lite and VFY Lite. The liter versions of the apps were found to be promoting themselves as an alternative to its primary versions on both Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store.



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