The Government of India has banned more than 100 apps including the popular battle royale game PUBG Mobile.
This move came after its initial ban 59 mobile applications (apps), including TikTok which are being owned by the Chinese due to the increasing dispute between the two countries.
According to Hindustan Times, a total of 118 apps have been banned by the ministry of information and technology, according to an official statement. The banned mobile applications are prejudicial to the sovereignty, integrity, defense of India, and public order, the ministry said.
The india ministry of electronics and information technology said that it receive several complaints from various sources, including reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on the Android and iOS platforms. The complaints alleged stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which possibly had locations 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,” the statement said.
According to some reports, there are nearly 80 million active PUBG players in the world, making it one of the most popular apps downloaded in the globe. India alone has 33 million active PUBG players with 13 million users per day.
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