TikTok Banned in Nepal: Social Media App Faces Another Ban
The social media app TikTok has been a controversial platform in several countries, facing increased scrutiny due to its content and impact. After being banned in India and certain parts of the US, Nepal has now officially decided to ban TikTok as well. Let’s take a look at the reasons behind this decision and the implications it holds.
Reasons for the Ban
On November 13th, Nepal’s cabinet held a meeting where it was decided to ban TikTok due to its impact on “social harmony,” specifically relating to its refusal to control hateful content. The government had previously introduced a rule requiring social media companies to open a liaison office in Nepal, which TikTok failed to comply with.
The Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Rekha Sharma, emphasized that the platform has been spreading malicious content, contributing to over 1600 TikTok-related cybercrime cases registered in the country. The ban came into immediate effect, with telecom authorities instructed to implement the decision.
Response and Criticism
TikTok responded to the ban, stating that it was “misguided” and based on “misconceptions.” Meanwhile, Gagan Thapa, a senior leader from the Nepali Congress, criticized the government’s decision, calling it an attempt to curb freedom of speech.
TikTok has faced bans in several countries, including Belgium, Canada, Taiwan, and certain US states, impacting government device usage. Pakistan has also banned TikTok multiple times, only lifting the ban with assurances of controlling ‘immoral/indecent content’ on the platform. Despite the scrutiny, TikTok remains the original platform that popularized short-form video content.
Impact on Other Platforms
The banning of TikTok has led to the rise of newer platforms such as Instagram Reels and YouTube Shorts, both of which have capitalized on the popularity of TikTok-style short video content.
Despite these bans and controversies, TikTok’s influence has been undeniable. However, the question remains – do you believe TikTok poses security risks and should be banned? Share your thoughts on Nepal banning TikTok in the comments below!