A further 118 Chinese mobile apps are banned by the Indian government, as tensions between the 2 countries still rise.
Those on the list include several of Tencent’s products including the hit computer game PUBG Mobile and WeChat Work.
Previously the govt had banned 59 of the foremost popular apps including TikTok over national security concerns.
India’s IT Ministry said it had “credible information” the newest batch were acting against India’s interests.
Also, there are some other apps including Sina News and search giant Baidu’s app.
Indians are saying that the ban comes days after Indian intelligence agencies red-flagged these Chinese apps over safety and privacy issues of users.
The ministry said it had received many complaints from “various sources” including several reports about “misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India”.
“The compilation of this data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defense of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which needs emergency measures.”
The ban comes against the backdrop of tensions along a disputed Himalayan border.
Both India and China deployed more troops to the Ladakh region in June and clashes have left a minimum of 20 Indian troops dead.
Satellite images appear to point out that China has built new structures overlooking the Himalayan border region.
The US has also recently taken action against Chinese apps, threatening to ban TikTok and ordering US firms to prevent doing business with Tencent’s WeChat platform. The Trade advisor of White House, Peter Navarro has said that the administration also has other Chinese apps within its sights which they might be planning to ban later.