Parliament proceedings | Law enforcement agencies investigating case of alleged killing due to PUBG influence: MoS IT

Proceedings of Parliament | Law enforcement agencies are investigating a case of alleged homicide due to the influence of PUBG: MoS IT

The Minister of State for Electronics and IT also told the Rajya Sabha that the PUBG gaming app has been banned in 2020 and is not available in the country.

Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar said on July 22 that law enforcement agencies were investigating the reason behind “a media report that a child killed his mother based on the PUBG she was playing”.

In a written reply, the Rajya Sabha also said that there are reports and complaints about banned apps appearing in new avatars using similar-sounding names have been forwarded to the Home Ministry for consideration.

The Minister of State for Electronics and IT also told the Rajya Sabha that the PUBG gaming app was banned by MEITY in 2020 and is not available in the country.

He was responding to a question about whether criminal activity is being committed under the influence of PUBG.

“There was a media report that a child killed his mother based on the PUBG game he was playing. It is a matter of investigation by LEA (law enforcement agencies) to find the reason. But the PUBG game app was blocked by MeitY. in 2020 and the PUBG game is not available in India since then,” Mr. Chandrasekhar said in a written reply.

According to him, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) has received various reports and complaints that apps that have been blocked are appearing with new avatars using similar-sounding names or are rebranded to the same feature and all such reports have been passed on. to the Ministry of the Interior for review.

When asked about the government’s order to remove mobile apps and the reason for removing apps from 2020, Mr. Chandrasekhar said that the government’s goals are aimed at ensuring an open, safe, trustworthy and responsible internet for its users.

In a separate written reply, he said the government had notified the Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Code of Conduct) Rules, 2021.

The rules allow removal of apps if the app is considered illegal under existing law through the Playstore or app store as and when requested by the relevant government or its authorized agency, he added.

The Minister also said that MEITY does not keep any details of removal of mobile apps under IT Rules 2021.

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