India Bans 118 New Chinese Apps Including PUBG Video Game

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India Bans 118 New Chinese Apps Including PUBG Video Game
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After banning 59 Chinese apps last month, the Indian Government has blocked more than 118 new Chinese apps in India, including the worldwide popular video game, PUBG. At present, there are more than 50 million active users of PUBG in India. 

In addition to this, reports say that there are around 13 million daily users of this video game which has been a major source of income for China for so many years till now. 

The ruling Government of India has taken this strict decision against Chinese apps after upsurging tensions between India and China. 

Tencent’s PUBG video game comes under the world’s top five smartphone video games having more than 734 million downloads so far. 

As per the IT Ministry of India. These apps “are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order”. Source: NDTV. 

Adding more to this statement, the ministry said that the move had been taken to safeguard the experience of internet surfing in India. Further, the statement read- “This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety, security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace,” Source: NDTV. 

Further, the Government said- “The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures,” Source: NDTV. 

The home ministry’s cybercrime centre had also recommended blocking these “malicious apps”, the Government added. Source: NDTV. 

The other apps category which has been banned from today in India consists of dating apps, online payment service apps, selfie editor apps, etc. 

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Source: https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/pubg-mobile-among-118-additional-chinese-apps-banned-by-government-2289337