IT ministry blocked 224 cellular apps in curiosity of nationwide safety, Lok Sabha advised


New Delhi, September 16

The IT ministry has blocked 224 cellular apps within the curiosity of nationwide safety and sovereignty, Parliament was knowledgeable on Wednesday.

“The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has blocked 224 mobile applications, including TikTok, Helo and WeChat under the provisions of section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 in the interest of sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India and security of State,” Minister of State for Electronics and IT Sanjay Dhotre mentioned in a written reply within the Lok Sabha.

He mentioned these apps have been blocked on nationwide safety considerations and thus “linkage with any country may not be disclosed in public domain”.

In response to a different query, Dhotre mentioned blocking of apps for public entry is a dynamic course of. 

In June, the federal government had banned 59 Chinese functions, together with TikTok, UC Browser, SHAREit, WeChat, CamScanner and Mi Community.

Earlier this month, 118 extra cellular apps, together with in style gaming app PUBG, had been banned. — PTI



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