Indian government bans TikTok-like Snack Video and 42 other mobile apps

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Highlights:

  • Snack Video has been blocked in India by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY).
  • The ban comes at a time when the popularity of Snack Video was rising.
  • In the past 30 days, Snack Video experienced a record-breaking 35 million downloads.

The Government of India, on Tuesday, banned 43 Chinese mobile applications including the famous Snack Video, AliExpress, WeDate, and more. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology  (MEITY) blocked these applications for engaging in activities ‘prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity, and defence of India, the security of the state, and public order’.

The apps have been banned by the Government under Section 69A of the Information and Technology Act. Simply put, these will not be available in India pretty. Although, there are plenty of known apps in the list, but the one most affected is Snack Video. The application that gained immense popularity after the TikTok ban back in June this year, has been banned in the country for the same reasons. 

Snack Video Banned In India!

Snack Video topped the list of the most downloaded apps, recording 190 million downloads since June 29, the day when ByteDance-owned TikTok was banned in India. The short video platform outperformed Indian-made apps like Mitron TV, Roposo, Chingari, and Trell within a short span. In the last month, Snack Video recorded an unparalleled 35 million downloads in India, as per latest data from Sensor Tower. 

However, right when the app was experiencing its peak high in downloads, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology issued an order to block 43 more Chinese mobile apps. Unfortunately, Snack video is one of those apps and will be blocked soon. The app was developed by Kuaishou Technology, which is a Chinese-based company and gets its funds from Tencent, which is also a Chinese company. This is one of the reason why the app has been banned in the country.

What can the users do now?

As per multiple reports, the ban will implement soon, if not immediately. It will be better if existing users save all their videos and creations from the app to the local storage to ensure that they do not lose access to those. Snack Video will soon be blocked by internet service providers (ISPs) and telecom companies in India. Users can move on to the next range of apps to create short-form remix videos, including Roposo, Chingari, and Mitron TV.

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