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The Indian government isn’t done yet with its crackdown on mobile apps of Chinese origin. The bans that started with 59 apps including TikTok in June added another 118 apps in September, and now 43 more have been added to the list “for engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.

Dating apps are prominent in the latest batch, along with short video app Snack Video and a smattering of games and video streaming apps. However, as Indian media like The Economic Times have realised, music streaming app Resso – owned by TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance – has escaped the cull once again. Its report suggests that Resso reining in its marketing and/or the fact that its official developer is Moon Video Inc not ByteDance may be the reason – the latter seems unlikely though, given the plentiful press coverage of Resso’s origins.

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Stuart Dredge

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