What happened?

Earlier in July, Indian government had released a list of apps that were blocked in India. The old list consisted of 47 apps, while a new list of 275 apps were drafted for further actions. Today, out of those 275 apps, 118 applications on both android/ios has been blocked access to the indian consumers by the Indian government. Pubg Mobile Nordic Map: Livik, PUBG Mobile Lite, Wechat and government Wechat are some of the highlighted apps that are blocked.

Why did the government of India blocked these apps?

In the released statement, Indian government said, it has banned these applications in the interest of ” Sovereignty and integrity of India, Defence of India, Security of state and public order” by invoking Section 69 of Information Technology Act.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said in an official release,”The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India invoking its 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 118 mobile apps since in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.”

Which apps apart from PUBG Mobile are blocked?

Apart from Pubg Mobile and its sibling Pubg Mobile lite, wechat and Baidu, these are the list of apps blocked:

  • APUS Launcher Pro- Theme, Live Wallpapers, Smart
  • APUS Launcher -Theme, Call Show, Wallpaper, HideApps
  • APUS Security -Antivirus, Phone security, Cleaner
  • APUS Turbo Cleaner 2020- Junk Cleaner, Anti-Virus
  • APUS Flashlight-Free & Bright
  • Cut Cut – Cut Out & Photo Background Editor
  • Baidu
  • Baidu Express Edition
  • FaceU – Inspire your Beauty
  • ShareSave by Xiaomi: Latest gadgets, amazing deals
  • CamCard – Business Card Reader
  • CamCard Business
  • CamCard for Salesforce
  • CamOCR
  • InNote
  • VooV Meeting – Tencent Video Conferencing
  • Super Clean – Master of Cleaner, Phone Booster
  • Alipay
  • AlipayHK
  • Mobile Taobao
  • Youku
  • Road of Kings- Endless Glory
  • Sina News
  • Netease News
  • Penguin FM
  • Murderous Pursuits
  • Tencent Watchlist (Tencent Technology
  • Learn Chinese AI-Super Chinese
  • HUYA LIVE – Game Live Stream
  • Little Q Album
  • Fighting Landlords – Free and happy Fighting Landlords
  • Hi Meitu
  • Mobile Legends: Pocket
  • VPN for TikTok
  • VPN for TikTok
  • Penguin E-sports Live assistant
  • Crusaders of Light NetEase Games
  • Mafia City Yotta Games
  • Onmyoji NetEase Games
  • Ride Out Heroes NetEase Games
  • Yimeng Jianghu-Chu Liuxiang has been fully upgraded
  • Rules of Survival
  • WeChat reading
  • Government WeChat
  • Small Q brush
  • Tencent Weiyun
  • Pitu
  • WeChat Work
  • Cyber Hunter
  • Cyber Hunter Lite
  • Knives Out-No rules, just fight!
  • Super Mecha Champions
  • LifeAfter
  • Dawn of Isles
  • Ludo World-Ludo Superstar
  • Chess Rush
  • PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik
  • PUBG MOBILE LITE
  • Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade
  • Art of Conquest: Dark Horizon
  • Dank Tanks
  • Warpath
  • Game of Sultans
  • Gallery Vault – Hide Pictures And Videos
  • Smart AppLock (App Protect)
  • Message Lock (SMS Lock)-Gallery Vault Developer Team
  • Hide App-Hide Application Icon
  • AppLock
  • AppLock Lite
  • Web Browser – Secure Explorer
  • Music player – Audio Player
  • Video Player – All Format HD Video Player
  • Lamour Love All Over The World
  • Amour- video chat & call all over the world.
  • MV Master – Make Your Status Video & Community
  • MV Master – Best Video Maker & Photo Video Editor
  • APUS Message Center-Intelligent management
  • LivU Meet new people & Video chat with strangers
  • Carrom Friends : Carrom Board & Pool Game-
  • Ludo All Star- Play Online Ludo Game & Board Games
  • Buy Cars-offer everything you need, special offers and low prices
  • iPick
  • Beauty Camera Plus – Sweet Camera & Face Selfie
  • Legend: Rising Empire NetEase Games
  • Dual Space – Multiple Accounts & App Cloner
  • ZAKZAK Pro – Live chat & video chat online
  • ZAKZAK LIVE: live-streaming & video chat app
  • Music – Mp3 Player
  • Music Player – Audio Player & 10 Bands Equalizer
  • HD Camera Selfie Beauty Camera
  • Cleaner – Phone Booster
  • Web Browser & Fast Explorer
  • Video Player All Format for Android
  • Photo Gallery HD & Editor
  • Photo Gallery & Album
  • Music Player – Bass Booster – Free Download
  • HD Camera – Beauty Cam with Filters & Panorama
  • HD Camera Pro & Selfie Camera
  • Music Player – MP3 Player & 10 Bands Equalizer
  • Gallery HD
  • Web Browser – Fast, Privacy & Light Web Explorer
  • Bike Racing : Moto Traffic Rider Bike Racing Games
  • Rangers Of Oblivion : Online Action MMO RPG Game
  • Z Camera – Photo Editor, Beauty Selfie, Collage
  • GO SMS Pro – Messenger, Free Themes, Emoji
  • U-Dictionary: Oxford Dictionary Free Now Translate
  • Ulike – Define your selfie in trendy style
  • Tantan – Date For Real
  • MICO Chat: New Friends Banaen aur Live Chat karen
  • Kitty Live – Live Streaming & Video Live Chat
  • Malay Social Dating App to Date & Meet Singles
  • Parallel Space Lite – Dual App
  • “Chief Almighty: First Thunder BC
  • MARVEL Super War NetEase Games
  • AFK Arena
  • Creative Destruction NetEase Games
  • Soul Hunters
  • Arena of Valor: 5v5 Arena Games

What are the other reasons behind such steps?

Indian government will examine for any violation of national security and user privacy, signalling heightened scrutiny and the possibility of more Chinese internet companies being banned in the country. Earlier when the previous list was released for 47 apps, India had cited threats to national security and public order while on the other hand, China criticised the move, saying it was “strongly concerned” about the ban.
The action of blocking apps has been intensified by the Indian government against the Chinese companies and the companies with Chinese investment, During the period when there are ongoing border tensions with China in the LAC area of Ladakh region.

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