The Electronics and the IT Ministry had withdrawn the letter issued to Apple India after concluding that Apple's iMessage would not be considered a ‘social media intermediary’ as it did not primarily enable interaction between two or more users. A letter was sent to Apple India by the Ministry over its compliance with the IT rules, concerning the iMessage service. Both parties are yet to respond to this development.
Courtesy: The Indian Express
The Indian government has issued a notice to permanently ban 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, WeChat and UC Browser. Reportedly, the Centre has taken the decision after the Chinese companies failed to provide convincing explanations before the authorities. India had first imposed the ban in June 2020 citing that the apps were detrimental to "sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order."