The purported order mentions 15 apps, most of them based out of China (which means most of them are made by Chinese developers companies), including LiveMe, Bigo Live, Vigo Video, BeautyPlus, CamScanner, Clash of Kings, Mobile Legends, TikTok, ClubFactory, Shein, Romwe, AppLock, Club Factory, VMate, and Game of Sultans. The Government of India, via its @PIBFactCheck handle, has confirmed that the order that s doing the rounds is fake. Claim: A viral message of an order allegedly from NIC claims that @GoI Meity has prohibited some apps from being made available on App Stores. #PIBFactCheck: The Order is #Fake. No such instruction has been given by @GoI MeitY or NIC. pic.twitter.com Dt7rMR7nIz PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) June 19, 2020This doesn t mean such a ban isn t possible in the future though. This is because intelligence agencies have reportedly raised a red flag over the use of 52 apps, many of them with links to China, over privacy concerns, and advised the Government to either block these apps or discourage Indians from using them. TikTok is again mentioned in this list, so are a couple of apps from Xiaomi. Zoom also somehow figures in the list, though it is made by a company based out of the US.The Government of India is said to have taken due cognizance of the issue and is reportedly in the process of examining the risks involved with using these apps on a per app basis. Only time will tell, how things will transpire for these apps in India in the days to come.All of this comes amid the ongoing India China standoff and therefore it s self explanatory that we re dealing with a very sensitive issue here. The Government s clarification is a welcome step, and also a wake up call, to not blindly believe everything we see on the internet or WhatsApp groups.
PIB Fact Check tweeted, "Claim A WhatsApp message circulating, claims that workers who worked during 1990 2020 are entitled to receive Rs 120000 from Labour Ministry.#PIBFactCheck: Its #FakeNews There is no such announcement by Govt. of India. Beware of such fraudulent websites."
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