The press release from IT Ministry states the 118 apps which were banned today are "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, Defence of India, Security of State and Public Order".
Following the TikTok ban, several home-grown apps have been trying to grab the space but have not had the spectacular success enjoyed by the Chinese short-video social media app.
PUBG, CamCard, Baidu, Cut Cut, VooV, Tencent Weiyun, Rise of Kingdoms, and Zakzak were among 118 apps that the Information Technology Ministry banned on Wednesday. The federation's director Lokesh Suji named other games that he felt could benefit in these games and he also said that the game developers in India have this opportunity to innovate in the market. "This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety, security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace", said a statement from the ministry", the statement read further. It said these apps are engaged in activities that are "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order".
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The ban came as fresh tensions flared between the two nuclear-armed countries along their disputed Himalayan border, with each side accusing the other of "provocative" actions over the past week.
Asian News Information has tweeted the full list of apps that are now included under the ban. Also, some VPN for TikTok have also been banned. With PUBG Mobile getting banned in India, we might see Call of Duty Mobile and Free Fire gaining some momentum, and it will also be interesting to see how esports move forward without PUBG Mobile. "There is little in terms of evidence on how these apps are threatening the sovereignty, integrity, and defence of India", Gurshabad Grover, research manager at Centre for Internet and Society, told TOI. While they there may be risks of data collection, these exist for apps from many other countries as well. Kazim Rizvi, founder of policy think-tank The Dialogue, said that India now lacks a robust cyber security regime. "Likewise, there have been similar bipartisan concerns, flagged by various public representatives, both outside and inside the Parliament of India", the statement added. This includes the growing concern that China-made apps may compromise the privacy of India's citizens.
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