Government officials in Nepal state that the decision to ban TikTok has been made due to the popular short video app causing disruptions to social structures in the South Asian nation.
Several countries have imposed restrictions on TikTok, owned by the Chinese tech giant Bytedance, with over one billion monthly active users, while India has completely banned its usage.
Various nations have enforced limitations on TikTok, owned by the Chinese tech giant Bytedance, boasting over one billion monthly active users, and India has outrightly banned its usage.
TikTok has been contacted for comment. On Tuesday, Nepali Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal defended the decision during an event in the city of Bhaktapur.
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He stated that after extensive discussions on how to control the tendency to spread disharmony, disorder. And chaos in society, a consensus was reached among all political parties, including both the ruling party and the opposition.
According to a Monday report from the state-run Nepal Television, Purushottam Khanal. The chair of the Telecommunications Authority has requested internet service providers to block access to the app.
WorldLink Communications, claiming to be the largest internet service provider in the country, has adhered to the order. The report mentioned that other providers are anticipated to follow suit shortly.
Local media, as reported by Reuters, stated that Nepal had registered over 1,600 TikTok-related cybercrime cases in the last four years, leading to a “rising demand” to regulate the app.
India prohibited TikTok and several other prominent Chinese apps more than three years ago, asserting they posed a “threat to sovereignty and integrity.” During that period, TikTok had an estimated 120 million users in the country, marking one of the app’s largest markets.
The United States and its intelligence alliance partners — Australia, Britain, Canada. And New Zealand — have implemented restrictions on government-issued devices regarding the use of TikTok.
In February, the White House instructed federal agencies to remove TikTok from all government-issued devices within 30 days. Subsequently, in April, Australia announced the removal of the app from federal government devices.
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