KATHMANDU (Nepal) – The Nepalese authorities determined to ban the favored social media app TikTok on Monday, saying it disrupts “social concord” within the nation.
This announcement got here after the Cupboard assembly. Overseas Minister Narayan Prakash Saud mentioned the app could be banned instantly.
“The federal government determined to ban TikTok as a result of it was mandatory to manage using the social media platform that was disrupting social concord, goodwill and the stream of inappropriate materials,” Saud mentioned.
He mentioned that as a way to make social media platforms accountable, the federal government has requested firms to register and open a liaison workplace in Nepal, pay taxes and cling to the nation’s legal guidelines and laws.
It was not clear the explanation for the ban or whether or not TikTok had refused to adjust to Nepal’s requests. The corporate didn’t instantly reply to an electronic mail in search of remark.
TikTok, which is owned by Chinese language firm ByteDance, has confronted scrutiny in a variety of international locations over considerations that Beijing could use the app to gather person information or advance its pursuits. Nations together with america, Britain and New Zealand have banned the app on authorities telephones, though TikTok has repeatedly denied that it shared information with the Chinese language authorities and wouldn’t achieve this if requested to take action.
Nepal banned all pornographic web sites in 2018.