Taking an important policy decision, the Indian govt. has announced a ban🚫 on 118 Chinese mobile apps.
Among them is the hugely popular👍 online game, PUBG Mobile, along with other games, online payment services, dating sites❤️ and software editing apps.
Notably, the govt. imposed a similar ban on 59 Chinese mobile apps in June🗓️.
That list included one of another wildly popular🤟 mobile app, TikTok, along with UC Browser and WeChat.
On what grounds?
As per the govt., the decision to ban the Chinese apps has been taken in the interest😇 of India’s sovereignty, integrity, and security.
It would safeguard the interests of India’s mobile and internet users👨🏻💻.
It is so because the Chinese internet giant, Bytedance which owns PUBG and other mobile services appears to have been stealing😱 and unauthorisingly😈 transmitting users’ data to servers located outside India.
Such data is then reportedly mined and profiled🧐 by rogue elements who are hostile to India.
Taking a Realistic view
The timing of both rounds of bans on Chinese apps is clearly noticeable😳 to all.
As in June, the latest ban has come almost immediately after incidents leading to heightened border tensions⚔️ between India and China.
On Tuesday, the Indian govt. accused🗣️ Chinese troops of taking “provocative action” on the banks of Ladakh’s Pangong Lake🌊.
About PUBG Mania
With more than 73 crore downloads🤳, PUBG Mobile ranks among the world’s top five smartphone games.
Out of them, ☝️over 17 crore have been from India.
The game’s popularity saw a huge surge↗️ during the Covid-19 lockdown.
PUBG’s global revenue💰 till date has been $3.2 billion.