India bans 118 Chinese apps, including Tencent’s hit games, as border tensions flare-up
India bans 118 Chinese apps, including Tencent’s hit games, as border tensions flare-up –
With citing national security risks, that comes against a backdrop of rising geopolitical tensions between the 2 nations, India has banned 118 apps with links to China.
Major gaming titles from companies including Tencent and NetEase were on the list, also as apps from other Chinese technology giants like Baidu and Alibaba affiliate, Ant Group.
India’s Ministry of Electronics and knowledge Technology said that in “in view of the emergent nature of threats” it’s “decided to dam 118 mobile apps … since insight of data available they’re engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order.”
As per many complaints received from various sources including reports about “misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously taking personal user information through unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India.”
The ministry said this was “hostile to national security.”
“On the idea of those and upon receiving of recent credible inputs that information posted, permissions sought, functionality embedded also as data harvesting practices of above-stated Apps raise serious concerns that these Apps collect and share data in a surreptitious manner and compromise personal data and knowledge of users which will have a severe threat to the security of the State,” the Indian Ministry of Electronics and knowledge Technology said, and when contacted by CNBC, Ant Group and Baidu declined to comment and Alibaba, Tencent, and NetEase weren’t immediately available for comment.
The latest app ban comes as tensions flare between China and India over the disputed Himalayan mountain border within the region of Ladakh. In June, a border clash between the 2 nations left 20 Indian soldiers dead.
The Baidu app, Tencent’s WeChat Reading app, and Ant Group’s Alipay, China’s hottest mobile payment service, are on India’s list of banned apps.
It’s important to notice that a number of the apps on the list don’t really have a presence in India. However, a number of games have large followings in India.
For example, “PUBG Mobile Nordic Map: Livik,” a game developed by Tencent, has had 93,000,000 downloads since its release in 2018, consistent with Sensor Tower. it’s the very best-grossing app on India’s list, raking in $39,600,000 since its release.
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