India continues its purge of Chinese apps even as some rake in millions of new users

India's Ministry of Electronic and Information Technology banned 47 apps on July 24 that were described as clones or variants of the 59 apps that were blocked in June 2020.
India's Ministry of Electronic and Information Technology banned 47 apps on July 24 that were described as clones or variants of the 59 apps that were blocked in June 2020.PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI - A month since the Indian government's online purge blocking 59 Chinese apps, including the wildly popular TikTok, users in India have lapped up other apps from China that have emerged as popular alternatives to those that were banned.

This includes Zili, a video-sharing app developed by Chinese publisher Xiaomi, which has established itself as one of the top three alternatives to TikTok; the homegrown Roposo and US-based Dubsmash are the other two.

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