In yet another surgical strike on Chinese apps, the Indian government on Wednesday banned 118 apps, including the immensely popular PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) Mobile, Baidu and several VPNs that allowed access to TikTok that was earlier banned.
According to the IT Ministry, the Apps “are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”. “This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety, security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace,” the statement said, adding that the move would safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users.
India has banned the PUBG Mobile because of its Chinese connection and because India and China are currently in middle of border dispute China is trying to encroach on Indian territory in Ladakh India is hitting back by banning use of Chinese apps in the country.
As for PUBG Mobile allowed in India again, it is not going to happen anytime soon. This is because the ban is direct result of India’s struggle against Chinese aggression on border and until that is not resolved, India is unlikely to allow the use of banned Chinese apps in the country.
Among the new apps that have been banned today include search engine Baidu, business collaboration suite WeChat Work, cloud storage service Tencent Weiyun, Rise of Kingdoms game, utility service APUS Launcher, a VPN for TikTok, e-commerce service Mobile Taobao, video hosting service Youko, news outlet Sina News, card reader service CamCard, as well as a miniature version of PUBG.