Followed by the fresh tension between India and China at the LOC, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) of India on Wednesday imposed a ban on 118 Chinese apps and games including PUBG Mobile, Apus Launcher, Rules of Survival.
In a statement, the ministry has said that “in view of the information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order.”
IT ministry claims to have received complaints from various sources, including several reports about the misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data to servers outside India.
Confirming the announcement taking to the official Twitter handle, PUBG said, “From August 20th to August 27th, 2,273,152 accounts and 1,424,854 devices have been permanently suspended from accessing our game.” This move came a month after the government imposed a ban on 58 Chinese apps including TikTok.
For PubG, India is its largest market, according to app intelligence firm Sensor Tower estimates, generating about 175 million installs to date, or 24% of the total downloads. Followed by the decision taken by the government, social media flooded with memes and trolls while #PUBGBanned topped the list of trending hashtags on Twitter.
Here are few trolls that are trending on Twitter,
— Prashant Wasnik (@Prashan92512422) September 2, 2020
** #PUBG Banned **
Modi Ji to students: pic.twitter.com/A9Fgrjmc3B
— Arnab Goswami (@RealArnab7) September 2, 2020
Pubg Banned in India
**Meanwhile JEE, NEET and PUBG Players going to PMO Office pic.twitter.com/pkVXzAhhNF
— Sarcastic JeeJu (@69PercentVirgin) September 2, 2020
— Issshita😗 (@nice_girl09) September 2, 2020
— Sheshkant Yadav (@Sheshkant_Yadav) September 2, 2020
— Saqlain Wani (@m_Saqlain_w) September 2, 2020