Government urged to ban Battlegrounds Mobile India app

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NEW DELHI: PRAHAR, a non-profit organization working in the field of socio-economic development, has written to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEIT) to block Chinese app Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act as it poses a threat to the sovereignty and integrity of India.
The NGO urged the government to add BGMI to the list of 54 banned Chinese apps on Feb. 14, 2022, saying Krafton, a South Korean studio that publishes BGMI, is a shell company of Tencent Holdings.
“Tencent Holdings had launched PUBG in India, and it was one of the most downloaded games at the time of its ban in 2020. In less than a year, PUBG was reintroduced in India by a Tencent front company – Krafton under the new name BGMI – a move that was clearly intended to circumvent Indian policymakers,” the letter reads.
On paper, Tencent is Krafton’s second largest shareholder with 15.5% shares, PRAHAR said.
“We commend the government for its decision to ban another 54 Chinese apps in India recently. This is in line with the continued demand of the Indian people to boycott all kinds of Chinese products,” said Ashwani Mahajan, National Co-Organizer, Swadeshi Jagaran Manch .
“Furthermore, in today’s data-centric world, maintaining technological integrity is extremely important to protect India’s sovereignty, state security and India’s defence. We urge the government to thoroughly investigate China’s background and influence on the BGMI-PUBG app and take immediate action if any violations occur”
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