Hashtags like #PUBG, #ChineseAppsBanned, #PUBGBanned and #Tencent started trending on the micro-blogging site.
Here is how social media users flooded Twitter with hilarious reactions, including jokes and memes:
#PUBG #PUBGBANNED#PUBGMOBILEIndian parents after hearing pubg banned in India. https://t.co/hp1dVsgsNx
— 🦋 (@__riUuu__) 1599051261000
Ban on #PUBGIndian parents be like ….😀 https://t.co/GD19T2G8dw
— Priyanka Shukla (@PriyankaJShukla) 1599057194000
TENCENT #PUBG banned in IndiaFreeFire rn: https://t.co/O0sYVu5B9Y
— Arpit Shrivastava (@Sarkar_stic) 1599057124000
People who bought royal pass this session 😂😂#PUBG https://t.co/N0uJTI1kw5
— Bhaskar Soni (@Bhaskarsoni07) 1599058390000
Every pubg user rn 🥺😭#PUBG #PUBGBANNED #PUBGMOBILE https://t.co/4wRve3pcyd
— Nikhil Tathed (@tathednikhil) 1599051260000
#PUBG #PUBGMOBILE banned !!Tiktok users to pubg users right now : https://t.co/MfvDj0YDIQ
— Chesse O_o (@ammy_mehra) 1599055841000
#Modi govt. : *bans #pubg*Parents: https://t.co/d5cs5IesED
— avantika khajuria (@avantikakhajur1) 1599058556000
#PUBG Ban In India 🇮🇳Le Free Fire To #PUBG Player : https://t.co/qOyUsobuq7
— Khan Zaid Pathan (@ZaidOptimist) 1599058803000
The PUBG mobile app has around 33 million active users in India. PUBG was developed by a South Korean company, but the mobile version that has taken off around the world was developed by Chinese company Tencent.
The list of 118 mostly Chinese apps also includes applications from Baidu and Xiaomi’s ShareSave.
These “apps collect and share data in a surreptitious manner and compromise personal data and information of users that can have a severe threat to the security of the State,” the government said in a statement.
It added the apps threatened India’s “sovereignty and integrity”.