The recent controversy over TikTok and its removal from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store has brought back the calls for banning PUBG, again. Rajkot police has now requested Google to remove the online multiplayer battle royale game from the Store and prevent its download in the jurisdiction of Rajkot city. "We have said we have banned this, so if possible, if in any IP of this area they are downloading the game then we have said, stop it if you can," the Rajkot police commissioner, Manoj Agrawal, told Firstpost.
Both TikTok and PUBG are the hottest apps in India today and now both of them are being accused of corrupting the country's youth. Both Apple and Google have removed TikTok from their stores after the ruling of the Madras High Court, which ordered its removal from app stores over concerns that it was being used to spread pornography. TikTok has more than 12 crore users in India. Similarly, PUBG is facing difficult times in India, especially in the state of Gujarat.
Earlier on March 9, Gujarat police had banned PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) in Rajkot and booked 10 people for playing PUBG. Gujarat police had notified that if people were caught playing PUBG then they can be prosecuted under section 188 of IPC.
As of now, Google hasn't responded to the letter of Rajkot police. However, banning of TikTok has set the precedent and if the issue gets escalated, PUBG could face a similar doom. Meanwhile, the call for banning PUBG isn't just limited to India alone. Recently PUBG was banned in Nepal and now Iraq has joined the list too.
Despite the talk of India moving into the digital age, the country's government is trying to monitor the internet. It all started with the porn ban and now PUBG and TikTok have joined the ever growing list of banned apps. Such bans are obviously ineffective and people can easily Google their way around such decrees.
Edited By: Udit Verma