Alibaba shuts down the operations of UC Browser and UC News in India


Back in June, the Indian government banned 59 Chinese apps citing “security” reasons. These apps can no longer operate in India and some of them are in talks with the Indian government. However, Alibaba Group has now announced the closure operations of two of its apps in the list. For now, the operations of UC Browser and UC News in India are inactive. 

According to the company employees and letters, Alibaba’s UCWeb is cutting employees in India. The company informed some employees in a letter dated July 15 that they had lost their jobs.

Alibaba said in the letter: “The termination of employment is because of the Indian ban on UCWeb and Vmate. This hinders the company’s ability to continue to provide services in India”.

However, as of now, Alibaba has not yet made a public response regarding the ban or sack of its employees. Obviously, the Indian government must have seen this coming. Most of those losing their jobs will be Indians. If a company can not operate, its workers can not keep their jobs

On June 29, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology of India announced that 59 Chinese applications were banned due to “security” considerations. Ali’s UCWeb, Vmate, TikTok, WeChat, Weibo, and other popular applications are all on the banned list.

According to Indian media, the usage rate of the UC browser in India is second only to Google. India is the main market for UC browsers. UC browsers have more than 430 million users worldwide, of which India has more than 130 million users.

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FULL LIST OF THE 59 CHINESE MOBILE APPS BANNED IN INDIA

  1.  TikTok
    2. SHAREit
    3. Kwai
    4. UC Browser
    5. Baidu Map
    6. SHEIN
    7. Clash of Kings
    8. DU Battery saver
    9. Helo
    10. Likee
    11. YouCam Makeup
    12. Mi Community
    13. CM Browser
    14. Virus Cleaner
    15. APUS Browser
    16. ROMWE
    17. Club Factory
    18. NewsDog
    19. BeautyPlus
    20. WeChat
    21. UC News
    22. QQ Mail
    23. Weibo
    24. Xender
    25. QQ Music
    26. QQ Newsfeed
    27. Bigo Live
    28. SelfieCity
    29. Mail Master
    30. Parallel Space
    31. Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
    32. WeSync
    33. ES File Explorer
    34. Viva Video – QU Video Inc
    35. Meitu
    36. Vigo Video
    37. New Video Status
    38. DU Recorder
    39. Vault
    40. DU Cache Cleaner
    41. DU Cleaner
    42. DU Browser
    43. HAGO – Play With New Friends
    44. CamScanner
    45. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
    46. Wonder Camera
    47. Photo Wonder
    48. QQ Player
    49. WeMeet
    50. Sweet Selfie
    51. Baidu Translate
    52. Vmate
    53. QQ International
    54. QQ Security Center
    55. QQ Launcher
    56. UV Video
    57. VFly-Status Videos, Status Maker, New Video Status
    58. Mobile Legends
    59. DU Privacy Vault
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