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Chinese Apps Ban – 118 apps banned in India

The Government of India, on 2nd September 2020, banned 118 mobile applications that are linked to China. Chinese Apps ban includes the most popular game PUBG also. This move was termed to protect the sovereignty and integrity of the country, its defense, the security of the state, and public order. To bring about this ban, the government invoked Section 69 of the Information Technology Act. Among the apps included in the ban are WeChat Reading, Baidu, Baidu Express Edition, Ludo All Star, Alipay, PUBG mobile, and PUBG mobile Lite among others. Most of these apps are grouped as game apps, dating sites, online payment apps, and other software.

In the Chinese Apps Ban list, PUBG is the most popular, with over 40 million users every month and more than 13 million users in India. PUBG is a mobile gaming application that has been included in this nationwide ban by the IT ministry of India, alluding to concerns in cybersecurity. PUBG is also popular worldwide because it is ranked as one of the top five Smartphone games owing to its more than 734 million downloads globally. The 2020 series of PUBG Mobile India had an estimated prize pool of more than Rs 55 Lakh.


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The IT ministry, in its announcement, said that a lot of users in these applications had filed numerous complaints that their private data was not protected. The complaints further stated that some of these apps that are available in both iOS and android would steal user data, and their data would later be transmitted to servers that are not located in India. The ministry stated that their decision had taken into consideration the concerns of the public and how these apps were a threat to the sovereignty of India’s cyberspace and the privacy of its citizens. The ban would therefore protect millions of internet and mobile users in India.

This announcement comes after 59 applications linked to China, such as TikTok, were also banned in New Delhi. Tensions between India and China have been on the rise since June, when over 20 Indian soldiers were murdered in a military fight near the Himalayas. Since this clash, online users have been sending trending posts and threads to boycott Chinese products. The most popular hashtag was “Boycott China,” which trended on twitter. Masses have also been uploading videos of people destroying Smartphones and other gadgets and appliances that have been made in China.

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