The government of India has banned Baidu and Weibo in India. These platforms were among the 47 apps that were recently banned by the Indian government on July 27th. To jog your memory, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) had previously released a complete list of 59 apps including TikTok on June 29th, which are now banned in the country.
While the list of 47 banned apps has not been made public by the government, Economic Times has reported that Baidu and Weibo were included in the same list. Apart from these two apps, there’s not much information regarding the apps included in the new list, except for the fact that most of them were variations of the 59 apps in the first list.
Baidu Search and Weibo micro-blogging apps banned in India
The government has asked Google and Apple to remove the Baidu and Weibo apps from their respective app stores in India. The operating ISPs in the country have also been advised to block Baidu and Weibo in the country. This move includes the blocking of both apps and websites of these two platforms.
At the time of writing, we were unable to access both websites on both Airtel and Hathway. We can expect a full ban to come into effect very soon, after which users will be able to access these services only through a VPN service.
Apart from Weibo and Baidu, the list of 47 apps include clones and different versions of original apps like TikTok Lite, Likee Lite, Bigo Live Lite, Shareit Lite, and CamScanner HD. Another report has revealed that the government is scrutinising 275 additional Chinese apps including the popular PUBG Mobile.