PUBG, Over 250 Apps Set To Be Banned in India? Everything We Know So Far

Who doesn’t remember, URI the surgical strike! Well PM Modi has a different way to deal with China. This time it’s not about Pakistan, another enemy standing in LAC, is China. This is going to be the biggest Digital Strike ever! Government considering a ban on PUBG in India? Here’s what we know so far.


India bans 47 Chinese apps and is considering over 250 more under scanner as of user privacy violation. India has banned 47 Chinese apps over user privacy breaches. Which already gave China a major set back. India has created a list of over 250 Chinese apps, including apps linked to Alibaba, for falsely sharing Indian user data with Chinese agencies. This is a really big step!


India has banned 47 apps of Chinese origin in India, after about a  month after banning 59 Chinese applications. The 47 banned Chinese apps were functioning as clones of the earlier banned apps. The list of the 47 Chinese applications banned by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology will be released anytime soon.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has banned 47 apps which were a total of 59 Chinese apps that were banned in early June. These 47 banned app clones include BIGO LIVE Lite, Helo Lite, Tiktok Lite, SHAREit Lite, and VFY Lite, news agency ANI reported.

India has also prepared a list of over 250 Chinese apps, including apps linked to Alibaba, that it will examine for any user privacy or national security violations. The list also includes Tencent backed gaming app PUBG. Which is actually a big shock for almost everyone.


Some top gaming Chinese applications are most likely to be a part of this list. The Chinese applications, that are being reviewed, have allegedly been sharing data with the Chinese agencies. Now, privacy concerns are a top priority for the Indian government.

Today’s decision follows after a high-profile ban of 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, as border tensions continued in Ladakh after a violent, attack between the Indian and Chinese armies. To inform you 20 Indian army men and an unknown number of Chinese Army men died in this face-off.

The government said these apps were engaged in activities that were prejudicial to the sovereignty, integrity, and defence of India.

A government press release announcing the ban stated: “The Ministry of Information Technology, 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 59 apps since in view of the information available they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.

A day later, Google said it has eliminated all the banned applications from the Play Store. Following the ban, TikTok refuted the claims that suggest it will pursue legal action against the Indian government for banning the app in India. These apps can no longer be downloaded in India.

Reacting to the 59 apps banned by India, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said the country is “strongly concerned regarding the decision of the Indian government”.

“China is strongly concerned, verifying the situation,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian was quoted as claimed by news agency ANI.

“We want to stress that the Chinese government always asks Chinese businesses to abide by international and local laws-regulations. The Indian government has a responsibility to uphold the legal rights of international investors including Chinese ones,” Zhao Lijian said.

Government Considering A Ban On PUBG In India? Here’s What We Know So Far
Following the ban of 47 more Chinese apps, it has been reported that the government may soon ban PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) in India.

Following the ban of 47 more Chinese apps, it has been reported that the government may soon ban PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) in India. After India banned 59 apps with Chinese links for engaging in activities that are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity” of the country last month, sources on Monday said that the government has banned 47 more apps.

PUBG is one of the most popular smartphone mobile games in India and many other countries. In India alone, the app boasts of over 175 million downloads. The app has also been subject to heavy criticism several times in the past but for a different reason

According to sources, a ban on 275 apps has started to surface online a month after the Indian government banned 59 Chinese apps, including popular ones like TikTok, UC Browser, citing data security concerns.

An official notification regarding the ban and the list of applications will be released soon, sources added. Some of the apps banned by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology include BIGO LIVE Lite, TikTok Lite, Helo Lite, SHAREit Lite, and VFY Lite.

Now What is China’s Take on India’s ‘Digital Strike’?

Reacting to India’s ban of the Chinese apps at a Chinese Foreign Ministry briefing, spokesman Zhao Lijian said, China is really worried about the relevant notice issued by the Indian side. We are checking and verifying the situation. “I want to stress that the Chinese government always asks the Chinese businesses to abide by international rules, local laws and regulations in their business cooperation with foreign countries,” he said.

Following India’s move, other countries like Australia and the US are also planning to ban Chinese apps because of the security threat they possess.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had claimed that India’s surprise move to ban 59 Chinese apps was a “digital strike.” “We banned Chinese apps to protect data of countrymen; it was a digital strike,” Prasad said at a BJP rally in West Bengal, news agency Press Trust of India reported.

Now it is considered pretty much possible that Indian government could ban 275 other apps in the country. The list includes PUBG which is backed by Tencent, Zili by Xiaomi and AliExpress, an online shopping portal by Alibaba chain. All of these apps are widely used in India. Specially the game PUBG has about 175 million installs, which will be a big impact on China. This is because of the border tension that has now been almost a month-long between India and China. This is considered as a powerful and a really big step.

Last month, 59 Chinese apps including TikTok and UC Browser were banned in India.
After banning 59 Chinese apps, the Indian government could ban over 200 other apps in the country. As per reports, the government will scrutinize around 275 apps for national security violations and users’ privacy and if any security breach is found in any of the apps, it will most likely be banned by the government.

Last month, 59 Chinese apps including TikTok and UC Browser were banned in India. The government banned the 59 apps clearing that were involved in activities that were “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order.”

275 apps that can face the wrath of the government as per the recent notification. So here are 5 things you need to check about the 275 apps. Some of these instructions include:-

The rundown incorporates PUBG which is sponsored by Tencent, Zili by Xiaomi, and AliExpress, a web-based shopping entryway by Alibaba gathering. Applications including Resso and ByteDance’s ULike could likewise be inspected by the administration for security violations.“Some of these apps have been red-flagged due to security reasons while others have been listed for violation of data sharing and privacy concerns,”. Which is a very thoughtful step.

— There are fourteen applications by Xiaomi and some lesser-known applications including Capcut, FaceU, Meitu, LBE Tech, Netease Games, Perfect Corp, Sina Corp, and Yoozoo Global. The rundown additionally incorporates Helsinki-based Supercell, that have ventures by Chinese tech organizations. Tencent, which backs PUBG, purchased a significant stake in the gaming organization.

— A senior government official has additionally revealed to ET that the administration has shaped a procedure for such bans. The service in concern has been approached to outline a law for the steady assessment of the applications in India.”A set of rules or characterized methods may require some investment however is the right procedure to go about it later on,” the source told ET.

— The report additionally uncovers that the administration will follow a procedure before forbidding any of the applications. An authority from the service of hardware and data innovation (MeitY) had told the distribution, “There is a procedure required, there is an advisory group set up for such boycott orders. In the event that there is such a request, at that point it will act.”

— When India restricted the 59 Chinese applications. There were hypotheses that the famous gaming application, PUBG will be prohibited as well yet it didn’t occur around then. There are very of a great deal of PUBG clients in India and according to Sensor Tower, PUBG has its biggest client base in India with around 175 million downloads.

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