Government is planning to Ban PUBG Mobile in India

The Indian government is on the streak of banning Chinese applications in India. Previously the government did ban Chinese applications such as TikTok, Cam Scanner, a lot other in India. Now, it seems like the Indian government is taking another run in banning Chinese applications in India. Sadly, PUBG Mobile is one amongst them and soon it may be banned in India.

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PUBG is one of the most popular games in the history of mobile gaming. The downloads seemingly touched 175 million only in India. Although, PUBG is developed by a South Koran video game company called Bluehole, Chinese multinational conglomerate Tencent holds a considerable amount share in the game.

India has also prepared a list of 250 Chinese applications linked to Alibaba that will examine for any user privacy or national security violations. The decisions were taken as the border tensions continue in Ladakh after a violent, fatal face-off between Indian and Chinese government. The government has also said that these applications were engaged in prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity, and defense of India.

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The government press release announcing the ban stated…

The Ministry of Information Technology, invoking its power under section 69A of the Information technology (procedure and safegaurds for blocking of access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59 applications since in view of information availble and intergrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has sent 77 questions to the 59 banned Chinese applications. The center asked questions like whether they censored context, worked on behalf of foreign governments, or lobbed influencers among others. The government has given these applications concerned teams to reply by the first week of August.

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