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PUBG Mobile, Garena Free Fire, TikTok banned in this country as crackdown launched

In a big crackdown, PUBG Mobile, Garena Free Fire, Bigo Live, Likee and TikTok have been ordered banned by a court.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Aug 18 2021, 08:49 IST
Pubg Mobile, Garena Free Fire being banned in Bangladesh was reminiscent of the crackdown that India had launched against Chinese apps last year.
Pubg Mobile, Garena Free Fire being banned in Bangladesh was reminiscent of the crackdown that India had launched against Chinese apps last year. (Bloomberg)

PUBG Mobile, Garena Free Fire and TikTok have been banned in Bangladesh. India had take the step last year when it banned a number of apps that had links to China, including PUBG Mobile and TikTok. Online games like PUBG Mobile and Garena Free Fire are facing flak in countries across the globe for their extremely habituating nature that youths especially cannot resist. While some countries have imposed a temporary ban on these apps, others have imposed an indefinite ban on the apps. As per reports, Bangladesh High Court has asked the government in the country to put a ban on some Chinese apps and the list includes the likes of PUBG, Garena Free Fire, TikTok, Bigo Live and Likee, among others.

As per a report by Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh High court has ordered relevant authorities in the country to “remove all dangerous or harmful games and mobile applications” from the Internet in the country. The high court bench of Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Justice Md Kamrul Hossain Mollah passed the order earlier this week after hearing a writ petition wherein the lawyers had claimed that the country's youth were becoming addicted to these games and that they were having an adverse effect on the country's youth.

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The Bangladesh High Court also asked why online games and mobile apps should not be banned from internet-based platforms in the country. The publication reported that the high court has asked Secretaries of the Posts, Law Ministry, Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministry, Health Ministry, chairman of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to respond to the order within a span of 10 days.

It is worth noting that the Indian government banned over 150 Chinese apps including PUBG Mobile, TikTok and Likee in India last year saying that these apps posed a threat to the security and sovereignty of the country. While ByteDance-owned TikTok has remained unavailable in the country ever since, South Korean company Krafton, the original owner of PUBG, launched Battlegrounds Mobile in India earlier this year via Google Play Store. PUBG Mobile was being distributed in India by a Chinese company and its data was being sent to servers in foreign countries. The company has already registered over 50 million downloads on the Android operating system. Now, the company has announced that it will soon be launching the game for its iOS users in India soon.

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First Published Date: 17 Aug, 21:22 IST
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