Central government bans 116 more Chinese mobile apps, including 'PUBG'

NEW DELHI: Amid rising tensions in the Line of Control (LoC) with China, the Narendra Modi government on Wednesday banned 188 Chinese mobile apps, including the popular ‘PUBG’ app.

The decision was taken by the Ministry of Information and Technology on Wednesday. In a statement, the Ministry of Electricity and Information and Technology said the AAPs were banned due to India's sovereignty and integrity, India's defense, national and public security activities.

The move will protect the interests of millions of Indian mobile and internet users. The goal of the initiative is to ensure the safety, security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace.

The ministry also said that there were allegations of misuse of some of the mobile apps available on the Android and iOS platforms, including the theft of user data and the transfer of servers outside India. The decision was made based on this.

It may be recalled that in June, India banned 59 mobile apps, including most Chinese apps, including TikTok and UC Browser.