What you need to know
- TikTok and PUBG will remain banned from App Stores in India.
- The government has told developers that following reviews of the respective apps and many others, bans enacted in 2020 will remain in place.
Chinese apps including TikTok and PUBG will remain banned in India following a review, the government has told developers.
As reported by PTI over the weekend:
By way of response, TikTok said it was evaluating the notice, and that it was "among the first companies to comply with the Government of India directive issued on June 29, 2020." TikTok further stated "We continually strive to comply with local laws and regulations and do our best to address any concerns the government may have. Ensuring the privacy and security of all our users remains to be our topmost priority".
Some 59 Chinese apps were banned in India in June, and a further 118 including PUBG were added to the blacklist in September. According to the report, the Ministry of Information Technology blocked the apps under Section 69A of the Information Technology app "after learning that the apps are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order."
The fallout led to a call from the Indian government to boycott Chinese products, leading to demonstrations and protests in the country. Rather than banning hardware, the government turned to banning apps including TikTok and WeChat, and later in September, more apps including PUBG. Whilst PUBG is made by South Korea's Bluehole, Tencent Games is the developer behind the title.
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