In a tweet, the government's Press Information Bureau (PIB) fact-checked the viral message and dubbed it fake, saying that the message was not issued by NIC.
What does the viral message say?
The viral message shared by PIB Fact Check highlights that the NIC has issued an order, instructing the restriction of 14 apps provided by Chinese companies, on Google play store and Apple's App Store. The message claims that the government has directed the regional members of Google and Apple to restrict the apps as they put users' privacy at risk and compromise the “sovereignty of the country.”
The list includes apps such as LiveMe, Bigo Live, Vigo Video, Beauty Plus, CamScanner, Clash of Kings, Mobile Legends, Club Factory, Shein, Romwe, AppLock, Vmate, and Game of Sultan. It also claimed that the government has asked Apple and Google to restrict TikTok from their respective app stores.
The timing of the fake message is not surprising as it comes amidst rising anti-China sentiments in the country. Earlier the month, Google had removed the Remove China Apps application from Google Play for violating deceptive behavior policy. The Remove China Apps in a short period had crossed over 50 lakh downloads.
Similarly, the rise of the anti-China sentiment helped TikTok alternative Mitron to gain massive popularity in India in the last one month. The TikTok clone app currently has over 50 lakh downloads on Google Play.
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