India bans 118 Chinese apps including PUBG Mobile, Alipay, and Baidu declaring that they might be based in or linked to China. PUBG Mobile, Alipay, and Baidu are the biggest names among the list.
In June and July, India banned 100 other Chinese apps including TikTok, ByteDance Inc, and UC Browser indicating that they have security issues.
India’s Ministry of Electronics and IT stated that they have received complaints about apps. They said that apps are secretly stealing users’ data in unauthorized ways to servers that have locations outside India. But they don’t specifically mention China. News reports assume the bans to be related to increasing tensions between China and India over an ongoing border dispute.
Now India has blocked a large number of popular apps, excluding them from one of the largest market of users. PUBG Mobile’s creators are giant Chinese tech Tencent, which is one of the country’s biggest games.
India was also the biggest market for TikTok which was also banned since June.
Moreover, In the new ban list, they also declared those apps that offer VPN access especially to use TikTok.