Chinese app ban: does bitter liberal reaction suggest something was fishy?

When the Government of India launched the Aarogya Setu app in April 2020, I downloaded it on my phone. I had to answer a few basic questions about my health and travel history. It also gave me any idea of the spread of Coronavirus in my vicinity. It seemed simple, intuitive and harmless.

Then, I opened up mainstream and social media. There I learned that the Aarogya Setu app is a clear and present danger to the nation. Apparently, the app steals data, eats babies and causes earthquakes. And all this data is sent to a secret military base on Mars that is jointly maintained by the RSS and global Zionists. I was so scared that I had to check whether my right arm was still there, holding my phone, or whether the Aarogya Setu app had already bitten it off.

There were people posting publicly that they would *never* download the app. That they would face jail or death but never the app. These were intellectuals, journalists, filmmakers, lawyers and all other kinds of opinion makers in society.

You would think this crowd would celebrate when the Govt of India banned 59 Chinese apps the other day, including the hugely popular TikTok. I mean, if they are so scared about Aarogya Setu, imagine how worried they would be about Chinese apps in our phones. If Aarogya Setu is a danger to the republic, surely the Chinese apps would raise fears of Armageddon.

But they weren’t worried. Instead, they seemed terribly angry.

Now, I cannot tell you if the Chinese apps were up to something suspicious. I am not a journalist; I don’t know everything. But I am intrigued by the reaction from the liberal crowd.

The attack came in waves. First, virtually every blue tick handle from Nehru Dynasty Television tweeted against it. Even their alumni, who qualified as Harvard professors on Twitter, seemed unhappy. As the day progressed, the mourning spread through the ranks. Every celebrity anchor seemed furious about the ban.

Many of them pointed out the supposed injustice of TikTok being banned despite its humane quality of donating 30 crores to PMCARES. One top Lutyens lawyer, an infamous PIL troll, was so incensed that he even brought out the Chaiwala jibe against PM Modi!

So much emotional investment into an app? Why?

Now, you could say that a ban on 59 Chinese apps is not a strong enough reaction to what China did at the LAC. Pathological critics of PM Modi could have made jokes or memes, accusing him of “weakness.” But I saw very little of that. Instead, what I saw was real anger against the ban.

During primetime, Nehru Dynasty TV even paraded people who were supposed victims of the ban.

Why the emotional blackmail? Over an app? Really?

These journalists, lawyers, activists aren’t exactly known for exerting themselves emotionally unless they have very good reasons to benefit from it.

This does raise the possibility that something bad was already happening. Has somebody’s strategic interest really have been hit with these bans? Has that somebody activated all their assets in India to make their case?

Above all, we have one more reason today to never take privacy warriors seriously. Their hypocrisy is special even among the ranks of five star activists.

Who remembers the Cambridge Analytica story? Remember how they went on the offensive? And remember how they crawled away softly like puppies as soon as the Congress symbol was found in the CEO’s office?

When the govt launched Aarogya Setu, they said the republic is in danger. When the govt banned Chinese apps, they were angry. Their priorities, as well as their loyalties, are obvious.

7 thoughts on “Chinese app ban: does bitter liberal reaction suggest something was fishy?

  1. Read the following news titled “India has banned TikTok…” on the MIT Technology Review. The view that social media has been…”weaponized by India’s far-right Hindu nationalist movement…” It’s not just Harvard, but their cousins across the Charles River, too, who share an antipathy towards India and, by reflex, a pro-China opinion.
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    On Monday, India banned TikTok and dozens of other apps made in China, escalating tension between the countries two weeks after a long-simmering border dispute in the Himalayas turned deadly.

    The news: In a statement, India said the apps “engaged in activities which [are] prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.” Messaging and chat apps like Baidu and WeChat were on the list too, along with the popular microblogging site Weibo, several mobile games, and photo editing software.

    Why does it matter? Home to more than 1.3 billion people, India has a huge smartphone user base and English-speaking population, which make it the world’s largest social-media market. It’s perhaps no surprise, then, that India is also TikTok’s biggest market, with nearly 191 million downloads at the end of 2019; the US is at a distant second with nearly 41 million.

    Social media has a troubling history in India. TikTok and WhatsApp have also been weaponized by India’s far-right Hindu nationalist movement, to deadly effect: viral WhatsApp messages spreading false rumors have led to mob lynchings of Muslims and lower-caste Hindus, while TikTok’s split-screen videos have also been used in caste hate crimes. And as we reported last year, Hindu nationalists flooded TikTok with misogynistic videos threatening to overtake the Muslim-majority province of Jammu and Kashmir and “turn it” Hindu by forcibly marrying Kashmiri girls and women.

    It’s not the first time India has banned TikTok. TikTok launched last year in India under its former brand, Musical.ly, becoming popular as a lip-synching app. But just before the country’s elections, a court banned the app, ruling it had pornographic content and was predatory; within days, India’s Supreme Court overturned the ban. In July, though, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology—the same one that issued the current ban—said TikTok was being used for “unlawful” purposes, specifically sharing user data with China through bots. TikTok wasn’t banned, then, however, as the slew of misogynistic content afterward showed.

    India’s Chinese app ban is a new diplomatic maneuver. India and China have opened a new front in their ongoing skirmish. Both countries are nuclear powers and economic giants, but India’s ban is notable for using social media as a tool to exert political pressure on its rival.

    https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/06/29/1004616/india-bans-tiktok-plus-58-other-chinese-apps/?utm_medium=tr_social&utm_campaign=site_visitor.unpaid.engagement&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1593533880

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    1. and the author of that hate spewing article is an indian poodle by name, tanya basu. sorry to say, the bengalis have the worst commie mentality due to the wasted last 40 years.

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  2. The real fear is that someone from the SiFiLIs (Sickular Fiberal Lobby & Islamists) eco-system will rush to their last resort – our Shariah Court … which will gladly jump in and bare its fangs 😳

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    1. No need to wonder. It is definitely true that India’s enemies are more within. Even that shoddy piece on MIT Tech Review was written by a Tanya Basu.

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  3. Imagine if all these apps were from Pakistan. We would have banned them long ago.

    Now China is much more dangerous compared to Pakistan. In fact Pakistani terrorism owes its origin to Chinese backing. Pakistan is like the moon, no light or revenues or strength of its own but dependent on the light and favors China shines on it. China is at the root of the terrorism that Pakistan inflicts on us.

    For Indian apps, the government can impose conditions that the servers be located in India and have inspection rights on the data. This is not possible with Chinese apps. Lets say tomorrow someone shoots a sensitive defence installation and posts on tik-tok. Even if the video is deleted, it could still be residing on a Chinese server somewhere.

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  4. If China could ban FB, Google, instagram etc. citing security concerns why not we ban their apps. when it is inimical and the servers are located in China. Why the SIFILIS fuss over it. Never ever court them!

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