The IT minister of the Govt of India has Banned, the giant of mobile games, PUBG, this Wednesday along with 117 other Chinese apps. This is done under Section 69 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 ” in the interest of the sovereignty, the integrity, defence and the security of India”.

Along with PUBG and PUBG lite, the ministry of Information Technology of the government of India has officially banned 116 more apps.

Other apps that are banned include Ludo All Star, Alipay, WeChat Reading, Baidu, Baidu Express Edition, FaceU, and the list goes on and on.

Why were the PUBG and 117 Apps Banned?

PUBG Among the 118 Apps Banned

This ban has been initiated on the basis of a number of complaints from different sources.

The ministry says that various reports on the abuse of mobile apps on both android and iOS for “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India”.

Several organizations as well as representatives appealed to take the required action to maintain the security and privacy of the people of India in the cyber world.

The most prominent recommendation is from The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre of Ministry of Home Affairs, for blocking all the malicious apps. Various public representatives from the Parliament of India as well as outside it, also showed deep concern regarding the same.

Which Law Allows The IT Minister to Ban Apps?

PUBG and all other 117 apps are banned as per the ITA, 2000 Laws.

As per Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 “Power to issue directions for blocking for public access of any information through any computer resource.  Where the Central Government or any of its officer specially authorised by it in this behalf is satisfied that it is necessary or expedient so to do, in the interest of sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of the State, friendly relations with foreign states or public order or for preventing incitement to the commission of any cognizable offence relating to above, it may subject to the provisions of sub-section”

Is the Move an Alarm of Emergency?

It truly is a matter of deep concern when the compilation, mining, and profiling of people’s data is being done by servers that are operated in a hostile region such as China.

These matters if not taken as an emergency can ultimately harm the integrity and sovereignty of India and so, can effect the National security and defence.

Moreover the move is made on the day of the third consecutive meeting for the repeated chinese attempts to enter Indian territory.

Safeguarding the Interests of the Internet Users

This initiative is for sure to provide security and privacy to the tens of millions of internet users in India.

Only two months ago in July have passed since the government already banned 59 china-based apps including TikTok, UC Browser, Shareit, and many more due to the similar concerns of cyberattacks by China.

Complete List Provided by The Ministry Including PUBG

PUBG Among the 118 Apps Banned

As per the appendix issued by the Ministry of Electronics & IT, Govt. of India, following is the full list of all the 118 banned mobile apps including PUBG and PUBG Lite on past Wednesday:-

  1. APUS Launcher Pro- Theme, Live Wallpapers, Smart
  2. APUS Launcher -Theme, Call Show, Wallpaper, HideApps
  3. APUS Security -Antivirus, Phone security, Cleaner
  4. APUS Turbo Cleaner 2020- Junk Cleaner, Anti-Virus
  5. APUS Flashlight-Free & Bright
  6. Cut Cut – Cut Out & Photo Background Editor
  7. Baidu
  8. Baidu Express Edition
  9. FaceU – Inspire your Beauty
  10. ShareSave by Xiaomi: Latest gadgets, amazing deals
  11. CamCard – Business Card Reader
  12. CamCard Business
  13. CamCard for Salesforce
  14. CamOCR
  15. InNote
  16. VooV Meeting – Tencent Video Conferencing
  17. Super Clean – Master of Cleaner, Phone Booster
  18. WeChat reading
  19. Government WeChat
  20. Small Q brush
  21. Tencent Weiyun
  22. Pitu
  23. WeChat Work
  24. Cyber Hunter
  25. Cyber Hunter Lite
  26. Knives Out-No rules, just fight!
  27. Super Mecha Champions
  28. LifeAfter
  29. Dawn of Isles
  30. Ludo World-Ludo Superstar
  31. Chess Rush
  32. PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik
  34. Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade
  35. Art of Conquest: Dark Horizon
  36. Dank Tanks
  37. Warpath
  38. Game of Sultans
  39. Gallery Vault – Hide Pictures And Videos
  40. Smart AppLock (App Protect)
  41. Message Lock (SMS Lock)-Gallery Vault Developer Team
  42. Hide App-Hide Application Icon
  43. AppLock
  44. AppLock Lite
  45. Dual Space – Multiple Accounts & App Cloner
  46. ZAKZAK Pro – Live chat & video chat online
  47. ZAKZAK LIVE: live-streaming & video chat app
  48. Music – Mp3 Player
  49. Music Player – Audio Player & 10 Bands Equalizer
  50. HD Camera Selfie Beauty Camera
  51. Cleaner – Phone Booster
  52. Web Browser & Fast Explorer
  53. Video Player All Format for Android
  54. Photo Gallery HD & Editor
  55. Photo Gallery & Album
  56. Music Player – Bass Booster – Free Download
  57. HD Camera – Beauty Cam with Filters & Panorama
  58. HD Camera Pro & Selfie Camera
  59. Music Player – MP3 Player & 10 Bands Equalizer
  60. Gallery HD
  61. Web Browser – Fast, Privacy & Light Web Explorer
  62. Web Browser – Secure Explorer
  63. Music player – Audio Player
  64. Video Player – All Format HD Video Player
  65. Lamour Love All Over The World
  66. Amour- video chat & call all over the world.
  67. MV Master – Make Your Status Video & Community
  68. MV Master – Best Video Maker & Photo Video Editor
  69. APUS Message Center-Intelligent management
  70. LivU Meet new people & Video chat with strangers
  71. Carrom Friends : Carrom Board & Pool Game-
  72. Ludo All Star- Play Online Ludo Game & Board Games
  73. Bike Racing : Moto Traffic Rider Bike Racing Games
  74. Rangers Of Oblivion : Online Action MMO RPG Game
  75. Z Camera – Photo Editor, Beauty Selfie, Collage
  76. GO SMS Pro – Messenger, Free Themes, Emoji
  77. U-Dictionary: Oxford Dictionary Free Now Translate
  78. Ulike – Define your selfie in trendy style
  79. Tantan – Date For Real
  80. MICO Chat: New Friends Banaen aur Live Chat karen
  81. Kitty Live – Live Streaming & Video Live Chat
  82. Malay Social Dating App to Date & Meet Singles
  83. Alipay
  84. AlipayHK
  85. Mobile Taobao
  86. Youku
  87. Road of Kings- Endless Glory
  88. Sina News
  89. Netease News
  90. Penguin FM
  91. Murderous Pursuits
  92. Tencent Watchlist (Tencent Technology
  93. Learn Chinese AI-Super Chinese
  94. HUYA LIVE – Game Live Stream
  95. Little Q Album
  96. Fighting Landlords – Free and happy Fighting Landlords
  97. Hi Meitu
  98. Mobile Legends: Pocket
  99. VPN for TikTok
  100. VPN for TikTok
  101. Penguin E-sports Live assistant
  102. Buy Cars-offer everything you need, special offers and low prices
  103. iPick
  104. Beauty Camera Plus – Sweet Camera & Face Selfie
  105. Parallel Space Lite – Dual App
  106. “Chief Almighty: First Thunder BC
  107. MARVEL Super War NetEase Games
  108. AFK Arena
  109. Creative Destruction NetEase Games
  110. Crusaders of Light NetEase Games
  111. Mafia City Yotta Games
  112. Onmyoji NetEase Games
  113. Ride Out Heroes NetEase Games
  114. Yimeng Jianghu-Chu Liuxiang has been fully upgraded
  115. Legend: Rising Empire NetEase Games
  116. Arena of Valor: 5v5 Arena Games
  117. Soul Hunters
  118. Rules of Survival

People’s Reaction to PUBG Ban on Twitter

Although 116 more apps have been banned still ban on PUBG was the biggest hit for its lovers and addicts. As they resorted to social media to express their grief with sad memes while some are celebrating it because it was a chain broker for those who got relief from its addiction.

Some Prominent News Channels also posted on Twitter:

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