But even after being banned by the government, 47 of these apps were being run in India by adopting the cloning route. Talking about TikTok from these apps, it was present as ‘TikTok Lite’, CamScanner ‘Camscanner Advance’, Helo Lite, Shareit Lite, Bigo LIVE lite, VFY lite, which Indian users were currently using. However, after this step of the government, these apps have completely stopped.
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Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology bans 47 apps which were variants and cloned copies of the 59 Chinese apps that were banned in June. These banned clones include Tiktok Lite, Helo Lite, SHAREit Lite, BIGO Live Lite and VFY Lite. pic.twitter.com/oWHmAmoWlr
– ANI (@ANI) July 27, 2020
What are cloned apps?
Clone apps look just like original apps, and their functions also work in the same way. Many times companies officially launch the light version of their apps, which are made keeping in mind the users’ phone storage. In most cases, the size of such apps are low, and some features are also not given. But these apps are very similar to the original app in the view and use.
Chinese companies were warned
After banning 59 apps of Chinese companies, the government last week asked them to strictly follow this order and warned of strict action on violations. The Ministry of Information Technology wrote a letter to all these companies warning that the availability and continued operation of these banned apps in any form, directly or indirectly, is not only illegal but a crime punishable under the Information Technology Act and other related provisions.
If any app included in the restricted list is made available directly or indirectly for use in India by any other means, it would be considered a violation of the government order. He said that all these companies are instructed to strictly follow the orders of the Ministry and strict action will be taken if they do not do so.