India bans more China-linked apps as citizens rapidly install variants

Demonstrators in New Delhi urging Indian citizens to remove Chinese apps and stop using Chinese products during an anti-China protest on June 30. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Demonstrators in New Delhi urging Indian citizens to remove Chinese apps and stop using Chinese products during an anti-China protest on June 30. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A month after the Indian government blocked 59 Chinese apps, including the wildly popular TikTok, users in India have taken to other apps from China that have emerged as popular alternatives to those that were banned.

These include Zili, a video-sharing app from China's Xiaomi, which has established itself as one of the top three alternatives to TikTok, the home-grown Roposo and the US-based Dubsmash.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 01, 2020, with the headline 'India bans more China-linked apps as citizens rapidly install variants'. Print Edition | Subscribe