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PUBG goes through brief ban in Bangladesh

  • Published at 07:12 pm October 18th, 2019

The game is leaving negative psychosocial impacts on the youth, say police

Popular online game Player Unknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) went through a brief ban in Bangladesh on Friday, amid growing concerns that the game is negatively impacting the youth.

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), upon police's recommendations, was tasked on Friday with carrying out a government directive regarding the game.

However, Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar on a Facebook post around 11pm said the block was lifted.

He confirmed Dhaka Tribune around midnight that the block was lifted after they reviewed the matter.

The minister did not go into the details on why their decision taken earlier was changed.

Earlier, Nazmul Islam, additional deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police's cybercrime unit, had told Dhaka Tribune: "We are concerned over the psychosocial impact PUBG is having over our youths.

"We received complaints from guardians, and the Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Division expressed his concerns to us," Nazmul added. 

"Guardians complained that students were getting addicted to the game, and skipping classes because of it," he continued. "They were also passing sleepless nights."

Several cities in India and some other countries, including China, Nepal, Jordan, and Iraq banned PUBG. Indian police also arrested many youths for playing the game, despite the imposed ban.

Earlier, the Bangladesh government had banned Blue Whale Challenge, an online game that would require players to kill themselves as part of the game.