New Delhi: PUBG has become the top trend globally after India banned the mobile video game today along with additional 118 Chinese apps amid fresh tension over China’s provocation in Ladakh.
Around a lakh people have been tweeting about the massively popular video game since the ban was announced that has reportedly close to 33 million players in India alone.
The game ranks among top five smartphone games in the world with over 734 million downloads.
In June, the government banned 59 mobile apps including Bytedance’s TikTok, Alibaba’s UC Browser and Tencent’s WeChat, also citing security concerns. TikTok is another wildly popular video sharing social media app.
Twitter has been flooded with reactions as well memes after the PUBG MOBILE game was banned.
According to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the mobile game has been banned along with the other apps under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, on grounds that “they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.
“This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety, security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace,” the statement said.
This move, it said, would safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users.
The ministry said it had received many complaints about the misuse of some mobile apps on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting user data to servers outside India.