PUBG Mobile banned in India along with 118 other mobile apps
PUBG MOBILE, a wildly popular game in India, is among 118 more Chinese apps blocked by the government after banning 59 apps in the first round earlier this year, amid fresh tension over China’s provocation in Ladakh. The move was in the interest of India’s sovereignty and integrity, defense and security, the government said in a statement.
There are close to 33 million active PUBG players in India, according to reports. The game clocks some 13 million daily users. The banned apps include Baidu, Baidu Express Edition, Tencent Watchlist, FaceU, WeChat Reading and Tencent Weiyun, besides PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite, the statement read.
The ministry of electronics and information technology received several complaints from various sources, including reports about the misuse of some mobile apps available on the Android and iOS platforms. The complaints alleged stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which possibly had locations outside India.
“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,” the statement said.
The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, under the Ministry of Home Affairs also sent a recommendation for blocking these controversial apps. In the public domain too, there has been a strong demand for some time to take strict action against mobile applications that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of citizens.