Nepal bans TikTok due to hate speech and rising cybercrime concerns, following a global trend seen in India and Somalia. This action raises questions about the app's ownership and security risks.
Nepal Has Banned TikTok Because It Says The App ‘Disrupts Social Harmony’
Nepal has made the decision to ban TikTok, a well-known social media platform.
According to Aljazeera, the nation in South Asia is banning TikTok due to the platform's dissemination of hate speech.
Rekha Sharma, Nepal's Minister of Communications and Information Technology, stated that the decision to outlaw TikTok was made during the November 13 cabinet meeting.
“Our social harmony, family structure, and family relations are being disturbed by social media, by TikTok,” the minister said.
“The decision to ban TikTok will be effective immediately,” she added.
Foreign Minister Narayan Prakash Saud reportedly told the South China Morning Post that TikTok's "disruption of social harmony, goodwill, and flow of indecent materials" made a ban "necessary."
According to the outlet, approximately 1,600 cybercrime cases relating to TikTok have been reported in Nepal during the previous four years.
Although the Nepalese government first thought about banning users from the network in an effort to lessen offensive information, the home minister of the nation, Narayan Kaji Shrestha, stated that it would be challenging for authorities to keep an eye on this, according to The New York Times.
The government chose to outlaw the platform as a whole as a result.
TikTok has not yet made a statement in response to the reports.
The founder of Freedom Forum, Taranath Dahal, has voiced his concerns about the action, believing it is a step toward the government's goal of "building a controlled society."
In recent years, more and more nations have taken legal action against the app.
India banned TikTok and a number of other Chinese applications in June 2020, citing worries about national security and data privacy.
The app was banned by the Somali government earlier this year because of propaganda and the spread of false information.
A bill that would impose a similar ban on the well-known video-sharing app has also been introduced in the US Congress.
The government would be able to outlaw foreign businesses and technologies that pose a threat to national security thanks to a bill sponsored by Senator Mark Warner.
It was unclear whether TikTok had turned down Nepal's requests or what had caused the restriction. An email requesting comment was not immediately answered by the corporation.
TikTok, which is owned by ByteDance in China, has come under fire in a number of nations due to worries that Beijing would use the app to obtain user information or further its own objectives.
Despite TikTok's repeated denials that it has ever provided data to the Chinese government and that it would not do so if asked, several nations, including the US, UK, and NZ, have blocked the app on government phones.
In 2018, Nepal banned all pornographic websites.