After banning 59 Chinese apps in India, the Indian government has drawn up a list of an additional 275 apps of Chinese origin that it is evaluating for any violation of national security and user privacy. If found doing so, these apps will be banned in the country.. The list includes PUBG Mobile, which is currently among the most popular games in India. 14 apps by Xiaomi are also on the list.
This development comes soon after the government has banned 47 new apps, which were reportedly clones of the 59 apps that were banned back in June. As of now, the list of the new banned and scrutinised apps has not been made public. However, the government is expected to reveal the complete list soon.
PUBG Mobile among 275 apps that could be banned in India
Out of the aforementioned 275 apps, some have reportedly been red-flagged because of security reasons, while others have been listed for privacy concerns, as per a report by Economic Times.
PUBG Mobile, which is on the list, has about 175 million installs to date in India alone. It has 23-30 million monthly active users (MAUs), and 13 million daily active users in the country. Apart from the PUBG Mobile, the list also has apps like Zili by Xiaomi, AliExpress, and Resso and ULike from TikTok-owner ByteDance.
The report reveals that the new list include apps from Tencent, Kuaishou, Xiaomi, Bytedance, Meitu, LBE Tech, Perfect Corp, Sina Corp, Netease Games, Yoozoo Global and more. This list includes not only Chinese apps, but also those which have received investments from Chinese companies.
As per the ET report, the government could end up banning all, some or none of the 275 apps in the list. It depends on the findings after scrutinising the apps. The government is reportedly working towards framing an infrastructure for such bans with a proper process, including a law, circular or regulation in place for constant scrutiny of apps operating in India.