A list of 275 Chinese apps has been drawn up by the central government of India which will be inspected for breach of national security and user privacy. This move signals heightened inspection and the possibility of more Chinese internet companies being banned in the country.
In June the government had banned 59 Chinese apps following the tension at Galwan Valley between India and China. According to Economic Times (ET), the new list includes PUBG which is backed by China’s most prominent internet major Tencent, Zili by Phonemaker Xiaomi, AliExpress. As well as apps like Resso and ULike from TikTok owner ByteDance.”
Atul Saha, who has just completed his masters in Applied Physics from a college in Jharkhand, said: “It’s good and I totally support the ban on PUBG and other Chinese apps.These apps can lead to leaking of vital data concerning the nation and individuals. Even if they are not leaking data right now it may do so in the near future as the Chinese government has control over these apps and websites.”
Government official said
ET quoted a government spokesperson who said, “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”.
Satyam, a student who is pursuing his masters degree in English studies at a college said, “PUBG is more than just a game. It is a medium of interaction with friends during this lockdown phase. But we won’t mind the banning of PUBG along with other Chinese apps. The nation’s security comes first.”
Tencent which backs PUBG bought a major stake in the gaming company. A senior government official has also told ET that the government has developed a process for such bans. The concerned ministry has been asked to frame a law for the constant examination of the apps in India.
“A set of rules or defined procedures may take time. But this is the correct process to go about it in the future,” the source told ET.
“We are more concerned about fiction than reality”
Srishti Basu, a student of MA in English studies at a college in Jharkhand, said, “PUBG in spite of being just a game, seems to get the young generation addicted. People are not concerned about what’s happening around them in reality. Rather, they are involved in such a destructive and over-addictive game. It is rather a sort of Nuisance and a threat to budding potential. I support the ban on PUBG, especially since it concerns our national security. ”
As per sensor Tower, PUBG has it’s largest user base in India with around 175 million downloads.