Afghanistan bans PUBG on Taliban's order for 'promoting violence'

The Taliban had previously suggested bans against PUBG, TikTok, and certain TV channels for what it deems 'immoral material'.

Image via Krafton

It looks like one of the grandfathers of the modern battle royale is going by the wayside in Afghanistan. Recent reports have suggested that the Taliban have successfully ordered PUBG be banned from access in the country. This ban comes after the militant group strived for bans on TikTok and certain TV channels in addition to the popular battle royale game, but PUBG is the first among the bunch to actually be banned by the order.

The banning PUBG in Afghanistan was reported earlier this week by the Afghan-based Khaama Press news outlet. According to the outlet, the Taliban expects the ban against PUBG and TikTok to go into effect within the next three months. Afghanistan’s Ministry of Telecommunications made the decision in a meeting with reps of the country’s security sector and Sharia law enforcement administration.  It follows similar bans against PUBG that have gone into effect in both Pakistan and India. In Afghanistan’s case, it reasoned that PUBG should be banned for ‘promoting violence’ and ‘misleading youth’. What’s more, players attempting to circumvent the ban will put themselves at risk as use of activity hiding programs such as Virtual Private Network (VPN) applications are also prohibited.

An image of two PUBG characters in body armor with helmets and protective vests wielding frying pans.
PUBG and TikTok bans are likely to go into effect in the next 90 days in Afghanistan under order from the Taliban and other national authorities.
Source: Image via Krafton

The Taliban actually sought a ban on PUBG and TikTok earlier in 2022. Back in April, BBC reported that the group had lobbied its initial demand for a ban on the applications. However, the details of the ban and timeline of its implementation were only just agreed upon in the recent meeting and its decision. This also comes after PUBG went free-to-play earlier this year, making it more accessible on PC, consoles, and mobile devices to players the world around.

With the ban going into effect in Afghanistan, and the game banned in other countries, it will remain to be seen if this is the last ban we see in the region. Stay tuned as we follow for further updates.

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    September 20, 2022 2:05 PM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, Afghanistan bans PUBG on Taliban's order for 'promoting violence'

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      September 20, 2022 5:11 AM

      The Taliban leadership of Afghanistan is blocking PUBG for being too violent (more specially, in regards to youth)

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        September 20, 2022 5:37 AM

        They all play Fortnite, probably. lol

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        September 20, 2022 5:46 AM

        I'm surprised they just didn't ban electricity.

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        September 20, 2022 5:48 AM

        Violence for me, not for thee

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        September 20, 2022 5:51 AM

        Their so much like the GOP is hurts.

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        September 20, 2022 5:55 AM

        Surprised it was ever in play frankly.

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        September 20, 2022 6:17 AM

        Guess violence is a lot less appealing when you’re the ones in charge.

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        September 20, 2022 11:33 AM

        I found the emotional abuse to far outweigh the physical violence.

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        September 20, 2022 11:36 AM

        Worried about people wondering where their chicken dinner is.

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        September 20, 2022 12:36 PM

        Since the Taliban is militantly religious I can guess that they would rather have their kids studying scripture in their spare time. Anything that displaces religion usually becomes its enemy

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          September 20, 2022 12:39 PM

          "kids studying" means boys only

          we're at one year anniversary of girls not allowed to go to highschool

          just horrible .. they're ruining an entire generation :(

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          September 20, 2022 3:54 PM

          More specifically, they are militarily, religiously, and societally one. They have been since the birth of Islam, when Muhammad militarily unified all the warring tribes to create one society using religion.

          It's a key distinction. To somebody there, there is no distinction between their religion, their land, their people, and their history. To get rid of one necessitates getting rid of all of them in their mind. They would rather have their kids doing anything that is under those umbrellas. Enjoying Western video games about violence? Bad. Enjoy Islamic violence against Westerners?

          It's not "anything that displaces religion usually becomes its enemy", it's anything that displaces their culture/history/society/religion becomes it's enemy.

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            September 20, 2022 3:59 PM

            You should be wary of any generalizations. Generalizations that broad should be actively distrusted.

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              September 20, 2022 4:13 PM

              That's not a generalization. It's also not controversial - Islamic people who have come to the West from the Middle East state it. I first was made aware of this by an Islamic Middle Eastern man over 20 years ago, before 9/11. You can google "islam has no distinction between society and religion" and see it explained, from Islamic people.

              There are cultural differences. This particularly one is difficult for Western and Middle Eastern societies to understand, because it's a fundamental difference in how we see the world that neither side is normally aware of.

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                September 20, 2022 4:59 PM

                It is absolutely a generalization. I mean holy shit, that's just silly to say.

                You know Christianity isn't some monolithic block with no regional variation in observance or cultural outlook, so why would you assume that about another religion that covers a similarly diverse set of peoples and geographies?

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        September 20, 2022 1:56 PM

        So are they... blocking... every single M-rated FPS game, then?

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        September 20, 2022 3:34 PM

        old enough to wear a vest bomb, not old enough to shoot people in a videogame

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