WTF?! In what feels like a barely hypocritical resolution, the militant Taliban group will ban PUBG: Battlegrounds in Afghanistan throughout the subsequent three months. The explanation? The sport is accused of “selling violence” and “deceptive youth.”

The ban is one among a number of carried out by The Taliban because it returned to energy in Afghanistan in August final yr following the collapse of the US-backed authorities and the withdrawal of American troops. Music, films, TV cleaning soap operas and channels, and over 23 million web sites have all been banned for his or her “immoral content material.”

The choice to ban PUBG and TikTok as a result of they had been main Afghanistan’s youth “astray” was introduced in April. PCGamer notes {that a} current assembly between Afghanistan’s Ministry of Telecommunications, a Sharia legislation enforcement official, and safety representatives resulted within the resolution to implement a PUBG ban throughout the subsequent 90 days, whereas TikTok will probably be banned inside a month.

The nation’s telecommunications and web service suppliers have been instructed to make sure that entry to the apps—the PUBG ban is especially aimed toward its cell model—is restricted throughout the respective durations.

TikTok and PUBG have turn out to be more and more standard lately as a result of Taliban banning different types of leisure, satirically. The BBC notes that just about two-thirds of Afghanistan’s inhabitants of 39 million are aged 25 and under. Round 100,000 concurrent gamers had been logging into PUBG firstly of the yr, resulting in an ethical panic within the nation.

Afghanistan is not the one nation to ban these apps. PUBG and TikTok had been two of a whole bunch of apps India banned in 2020 over their hyperlinks to China. The federal government stated the apps had been “engaged in actions that are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, protection of India, the safety of state and public order.” Pakistan has additionally banned PUBG for being too addictive and a foul affect on youngsters, whereas followers in China get to play a sanitized model of the battle royale big known as Recreation for Peace.

As with bans in different nations, count on to see VPNs immediately improve in reputation in Afghanistan as soon as the bans are implement.

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