The Islamic Emirate cabinet has ordered the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to block access to Player Unknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) game and the Tik Tok app, because, officials said, they lead the younger generations astray.
It was also decided at the cabinet meeting to prevent access to immoral content.
“The cabinet ordered the blocking of access to PUBG and Tik Tok applications, which leads astray the younger generation, and also to prevent the publication of a channel that publishes immoral programs,” said Inamullah Samangani, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.
However, some Kabul residents, especially young people, have differing views on PUBG and Tik Tok.
“Not only TikTok, but on all social networks we can learn life skills, we can learn languages and we can learn a lot of Islamic subjects, so it cannot be a reasonable reason to block access to these applications because it leads the young astray,” said Alexander Najib.
“Young people can entertain themselves in other ways through drawing, painting and art. My personal opinion is that Tik Tock should be banned,” said Tahir Ayoubi, a resident of Kabul.
But is it useful for teenagers and young people to use the above applications or not?
“Now that schools are closed, digital games or being in cyberspace is necessary for children and adolescents because it leads to the growth of their creativity,” said Tabassum Navid Zafari, a psychologist.
PUBG and Tik Tok have been accessible in the country for more than two years.