For the third time the government of India has banned Chinese mobile apps amidst the ongoing tension between India and China.
This time 118 mobile apps have been banned, including the popular gaming app PUBG. The government has banned these apps citing national security as the reason.
Chinese apps that are banned this time include mobile apps such as Livik, WeChat Work, WeChat Reading, Applock, Carrom Friends, apart from PUBG.
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
PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik, PUBG MOBILE LITE, WeChat Work & WeChat reading are among the banned mobile apps. pic.twitter.com/VWrg3WUnO8
— ANI (@ANI) September 2, 2020
PUBG Banned in India citing National Security
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has banned these mobile apps using its powers under Section 69A of the IT Act. According to the government, these apps were involved in activities against India’s sovereignty, defense and security of states and public order.
These apps were involved in data theft and activities against India’s security and sovereignty
The ministry has said in its statement that it had received many complaints about these apps. They received several reports that some mobile apps on Android and iOS platforms were stealing users’ data and constantly passing them illegally to their servers located outside the country.
224 Chinese mobile apps banned so far
Several Chinese apps have been banned before, including the popular TikTok. In late June, India banned 59 mobile apps from China, including TikTok & Helo. 47 more Chinese apps were later banned in late July. Thus, so far 224 apps have been banned in China.
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