Protoday247 India News Desk: India blocked another 118 smartphone applications on Wednesday, including the popular videogame PUBG from Tencent Holdings, as it turned up the burden on Chinese technology firms following a border standoff with Beijing. The list of 118 mainly Chinese apps contains Baidu and Xiaomi’sShareSave applications as well.
A day after a senior Indian official said troops were stationed on four sensitive hilltops after what New Delhi called a possible Chinese incursion along a contested Himalayan frontier, the ban was declared. Tencent refused to comment on the announcement and a request for comment was not immediately replied by the Chinese embassy in New Delhi.
India’s ministry of technology said the apps posed a challenge to India’s sovereignty and security. These “apps are surreptitiously gathering and exchanging data and exposing personal data and user information that may pose a serious threat to state security,” the ministry said in a statement.