New Delhi: The government of India on Wednesday banned 118 more Chinese mobile apps, including the popular PUBG, for being involved in activities prejudicial to India’s sovereignty and security, an official statement said here.
The mobile apps include PUBG Mobile, PUBG Mobile Lite, InNote, VooV Meeting – Tencent Video Conferencing, Super Clean – Master of Cleaner, Phone Booster, WeChat reading, Government WeChat, Small Q brush, Tencent Weiyun, Pitu, and WeChat Work.
The government had banned TikTok and WeChat earlier.
‘The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India invoking it’s power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 118 mobile apps since in view of the information available they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order,’ the statement read.
The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs has also sent an exhaustive recommendation for blocking these malicious apps.
Likewise, there have been similar bipartisan concerns, flagged by various public representatives, both outside and inside Parliament.
There has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against Apps that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of the citizens, the Ministry of Electronics & IT said.