The fans of the mobile game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds were worried as the Government of India decided to ban Chinese origin applications. However, fortunately for them, the game was not part of the 59 applications.
On Monday, the Indian government banned 59 mobile applications that have its origin in China citing the reason for protecting the data and privacy of the people of India. This comes in the wake of the military face-off between India and China along the eastern Ladakh region.
For safety, security, defense, sovereignty and integrity of India and in order to protect the data of the people of India, the Government of India banned these applications. This has been long requested by the social media users after the Chinese military had a face-off with the Indian military killing 20 Indian soldiers.
PUBG has been developed by the Chinese firm Tencent Holdings who has also developed the game Battle Royale Game. The primary reason for PUBG not getting banned in India is that the game does not possess a security threat. The applications that have been banned in the country have all been red-flagged by the Indian intelligence agencies. Thankfully, for fans of the game, PUBG was not part of the list and hence it was not banned.
Tik Tok Responds To The Ban
The 59 Chinese applications include the hugely popular content creating app Tik Tok, UC browser, Helo, Likee, CamScanner, Vivo Video, Mi Video Call, Clash of Kings along with the e-commerce platforms like Club Factory and Shein. The Information Technology Ministry said that it had received many complaints from various sources and also had received reports of the misuse of some of the applications that would steal and surreptitiously transmitting users data in an unauthorized manner to servers that have locations outside India. The Information Technology Ministry issued a statement which read,
“The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defense 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.”
Meanwhile, the company Tik Tok has responded to the move and released a statement. The company also said that the government has invited them for a meeting with the stakeholders. The company is expected to respond to the ban.
Source: One India