Again there is a surgical strike, if we term it as such, on Chinese apps from the Indian govt. The government of India declared that they’re banning China-backed mobile apps once again, and this time the total counts up to 118. The Indian Ministry of Electronics and IT has announced in their new circular with an app ban notice, including 118 apps on the list.
The name that is grabbing the most attention is the gaming giant PUB-G mobile. There were rumors of the game being banned around the first ban two months ago. But this time, the government has included both the PUB-G Mobile and PUB-G lite variant on their plan.
By this moment, we get to see that PUB-G has been removed from the Apple app store and it is being removed from the android plays store. Judging by the last ban’s experience, it seems a permanent restriction and server of the game is soon to be shut down in India.
Official notice states the grounds behind this massive ban, and it is the same as the last time when popular short video app TikTok was banned along with fifty-eight others (including WeChat and Shein). The ground is related to national security, and it says these apps are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, Defence of India, Security of State and Public Order: Govt of India.”
Quote source: CBCnews
Some other big names on this list are Apus and Baidu.
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
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