India again banned 118 applications from China, including the popular game belonging to Tencent Holdings, PUBG.
This prohibition is a form of increasing pressure from the Indian government on technology companies from China.
This list of 118 banned apps also includes apps from Baidu and ShareSave Xiaomi.
The ban was announced a day after a senior Indian official said troops had been deployed on four strategic hilltops along the disputed Himalayan border.
Quoted from Reuters, India’s Ministry of Technology said the application was a threat to India’s sovereignty and security.
“This application collects and shares data clandestinely and endangers personal data and user information which could pose a serious threat to national security,” the ministry statement said in a statement.
The ban is certainly a heavy blow for Tencent because in India, PUBG is very popular.
Even though India is ranked first in the world for PUBG download figures.
Data from the application analytics company SensorTower notes that there are about 175 million installs from India or 24% of the total.
This is not the first time India has banned the use of Chinese apps.
Previously, India banned as many as 59 apps, including the popular video-sharing app owned by ByteDance TikTok, Tencent’s WeChat, and Alibaba’s UC Browser.