A popular online multiplayer game PUBG MOBILE, among 118 other Chinese apps that were blocked by the government today amid the tension going on with China in Ladakh.
The government stated that the move was in light of India’s integrity and sovereignty, security and defence.
The game PUBG MOBILE is ranked among the world’s top 5 smartphone games with over 734 million downloads. In India, there are 50 million active players of PUBG, as per reports. The daily users in India count to 13 million.
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”.
The government earlier banned 59 mobile apps in June, which also included famous Chinese apps TikTok, UC Browser, WeChat.
The ministry explained the move and said that they started receiving many complaints regarding the misuse of a few mobile apps on Android and iOS platforms. The misuse was regarding the stealing and secretly transferring the data of users to servers outside India.
“The compilation of these 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,” said the statement.
The government said that the cybercrime centre of the home minister also recommended the blockage of these malicious apps.
The statement referred to bipartisan concerns flagged in parliament and outside and a strong chorus to take strict action against Apps “that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of our citizens”.
The other Apps blocked today include games, online payment services, dating sites and software to edit selfies.
The violent face-off that took place at the Galwan valley in Ladakh resulted in 3 loss of lives. The face-off comes amid talks – both at the military as well as the diplomatic levels – on the border standoff in Ladakh, which emerged early in May.