PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is a rival to one of the biggest battle royals, Fortnite, and is now banned in India.
The Indian government has banned 118 Chinese mobile applications as tensions continue to escalate between the two countries.
The list includes several Tencent apps, including the highly successful PUBG Mobile and WeChat Work.
Earlier, the government banned 59 popular apps, such as TikTok, citing national defense reasons.
India’s IT Ministry said of this that they “have reliable information” that says these applications have been operating against the interests of India.
Other affected applications:
- two of search giant Baidu’s apps
- CamCard’s business card scanner
- Alibaba’s Alipay payment app and its Taobao e-commerce platform
- Netease games including Marvel Super War
- Sina News
The ministry said they received many complaints from “various sources” such as ” misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorised manner to servers which have locations outside India”
” The compilation of this 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 ban is, of course, a response to the tensions around the border in the Himalayas.
India and China also ordered several units of troops into the Ladakh region back in June, ending up killing at least 20 Indian soldiers in the clashes.
Satellite imagery proves that China has set up new observatories at the border near the Himalayas.
America also recently slammed into Chinese apps, threatening to ban TikTok and issuing it to U.S. companies to terminate their business relationships with Tencent’s WeChat platform with immediate effect. White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said the government plans to take action against other Chinese applications as well.
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