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INDIAN GOVERNMENT TO BAN MORE CHINESE APPS

-by Sahithya
After the ban of 59 apps due to privacy violations, several more from the drawn-up list of 275 are yet to be scrutinized. The list of the banned apps included Tiktok Lite, Helo Lite, SHAREit Lite, BIGO LIVE Lite, and VFY Lite. Even as the Tik Tok users were disappointed at this news the PUBG fans seemed relieved.
Now according to reports, the additional list includes the gaming app PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds aka PUBG. While most PUBG fans are heartbroken knowing the update, several memes on this have already hit the social media pages. With a large fan base, PUBG has reached around 175 million downloads.
PUBG has been developed by a South Korean video game company called Bluehole. However, Chinese multinational conglomerate Tencent holds a considerable amount of share in the popular game.
The addiction for PUBG among the Indian youth has surely reached a saturation point I would say. Due to the addictive nature of the game, it tends to impact people psychologically. While this can be a major reason for the ban government has other ones. The government is considering a ban on the battle royale format game over data security concerns.
The flow of data from these apps to China would pose a threat to the sovereignty and integrity of India. In China, the National Intelligence Law of 2017 governs all tech companies that are based in China or are under Chinese ownership. This law mandates all businesses to share even private information that the Chinese Government may ask for. This is something that has been worrying governments around the world, including India.

The ban of these apps is done to protect the privacy of our country’s citizens. Though no information has been officially passed yet, sources tell that the other apps are underscan. Ban for a few more apps can be expected soon.