In less than a week since Google and Apple blocked TikTok app, demand to ban PUBG in India is getting stronger. According to reports, Google might also have to remove PUBG from Play Store. Rajkot police have reportedly requested Google to remove PUBG Mobile, preventing users from downloading the game through Play Store.
"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," Rajkot Police Commissioner Manoj Agarwal said in his statement provided to a news media website.
Over the last few weeks, PUBG has been facing difficult Times in the country after numerous cases of addiction towards the game were reported. Last month, multiple arrests were made in Gujarat under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for playing the game.
The Internet Freedom Foundation had filed Public information litigation (PIL) challenging PUBG ban order in Gujarat High Court. However, the PIL was rejected.
Over the last few weeks, there has been a growing animosity against PUBG in India. One of the most important thing that we all need to address is the addiction as well as aggression among those who play PUBG.
There is a growing discomfort among parents because of PUBG game in India. There were also cases of aggression among players who tend to get violent and reckless at times, not only in terms of the gameplay but also outside of the game.
Earlier this week, the Tiktok app was removed from Google Play Store an Apple app store after the Madras High Court ordered the centre to impose a ban all the popular video-sharing app over concerns of access to content that encourages pornography.
Google and Apple removed TikTok from their respective app stores following directions by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to comply with Madras High Court’s ban order, after the Supreme Court stayed the High Court’s order. However, the matter is scheduled for hearing in the Supreme Court for April 22.
Although TikTok app is no longer available to download through Google Play Store or Apple App Store, the order exempts the existing app users.