India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology have officially announced that it is banning a total of 118 mobile apps that it deems to be a threat to both the country and its cybersecurity infrastructure. Unsurprisingly, all of the apps on the list are apps that were developed by companies based in China.
Suffice to say, the list is extensive, with some of the apps actually being popular mobile game apps like PUBG Mobile, Rise of Kingdoms, and Warpath to name a few. On somewhat interesting note, one of the apps called “Malay Social Dating App To Date & Meet Singles”, seems to have been developed by a developer in China.
This isn’t the first time India’s government has chosen to ban a long list of made in China apps. Back in June, it gave TikTok and WeChat the banhammer along with 57 other apps. TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance challenged the ban in Indian court, stating that such actions were in strict violations of its freedom of speech rights.
Of course, it is a widely accepted point that India’s main reason behind banning these apps stems from the ongoing hostilities between the two nations, brought about by skirmish at the borders of both countries.
The full list can be found at the official page of India’s Ministry of Electronic and IT.
(Source: India Ministry of Electronics & IT)