(CTN News) – Due to the ban, one of Nepal’s most popular social media apps, TikTok, was banned on Monday by the government of Nepal, as it deemed that TikTok was disrupting the country’s “social harmony”, due to the ban on TikTok.
Prior to the announcement being made, a cabinet meeting was held to discuss the matter. According to Narayan Prakash Saud, a senior official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the app will be banned as soon as possible.
A ban on TikTok was necessary to prevent social harmony and goodwill from being disrupted, and the social media platform was to be regulated,” Saud said.
It has been reported that in order for social media platforms to be held accountable, the government has asked them to register and open a liaison office in Nepal, pay tax and abide by the laws and regulations in the country.
According to Nepal, it was unclear what triggered the ban or if TikTok had refused to comply with Nepal’s requests as a result of the ban. An email sent to the company seeking comment did not immediately receive a response.
There have been some concerns expressed in a number of countries about the possibility that Chinese company ByteDance could use the TikTok app to harvest user data or advance its interests as a result of its ownership by the Chinese company.
In more than a dozen countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand, the app has been banned on government phones, despite TikTok repeatedly denying that it has shared data with the Chinese government and would never do so if asked to do so.
As of 2018, the Nepalese government has banned all pornographic websites.
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