PUBG Mobile among 118 additional Chinese apps banned by Indian govt
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | Sep 02, 2020, 06:00 pm
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, known popularly worldwide as PUBG mobile, was issued a ban on Wednesday by the Ministry of Information & Technology along with 117 other mobile applications. Indian government's latest move comes after fresh tensions over provocation by China in Ladakh. The decision has been taken keeping in mind the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the defence of India and security, read a statement released by the government. As per reports, India alone is said to have close to 33 million active PUBG players. "Government blocks 118 mobile apps which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, Defence of India, Security of State and Public Order," the ministry said in a statement.
In a statement released by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the ban on the popular mobile game has been issued under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act. The ban order states that these apps "are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order".
The statement further added, "This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety, security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace,". The government also added that the move "would safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. " PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik, PUBG MOBILE LITE, WeChat Work & WeChat reading are among a few of the banned mobile apps.
Furthermore, the ministry stated that numerous complaints have been received from several sources including reports about a few mobile applications on Android and iOS platforms being misused for the theft and unauthorized transmission of users' data to servers located outside India. The government added that the data compilation, its mining and profiling is of deep concern and required emergency measures. These apps have been deemed hostile to national security and defence of India, which in the long run has an effect upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, the statement further read.
The blocking of these "malicious apps" has also been recommended by the Home Ministry's Cybercrime Centre, the government added. The statement referred to bipartisan concerns, flagged by various public representatives in parliament and outside. It stated that a strong opposition has been raised for stringent action to be taken against mobile applications "that harm India's sovereignty as well as the privacy of our citizens".
Below is the complete list of the apps banned by India shared by news agency ANI on their Twitter page:
Government blocks 118 mobile apps which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, Defence of India, Security of State and Public Order: Govt of India— ANI (@ANI) September 2, 2020
PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik, PUBG MOBILE LITE, WeChat Work & WeChat reading are among the banned mobile apps. pic.twitter.com/VWrg3WUnO8