Nepal bans TikTok, says it disrupts social concord

KATHMANDU, NepalNepal’s authorities determined to ban the favored social media app TikTok on Monday, saying it was disrupting “social harmony” within the nation.

The announcement was made following a Cabinet assembly. Foreign Minister Narayan Prakash Saud stated the app can be banned instantly.

“The government has decided to ban TikTok as it was necessary to regulate the use of the social media platform that was disrupting social harmony, goodwill and flow of indecent materials,” Saud stated.

He stated that to make social media platforms accountable, the federal government has requested the businesses to register and open a liaison workplace in Nepal, pay taxes and abide by the nation’s legal guidelines and laws.

It wasn’t clear what triggered the ban or if TikTok had refused to adjust to Nepal‘s requests. The company did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

TikTok, owned by China’s ByteDance, has confronted scrutiny in various international locations due to issues that Beijing may use the app to reap person knowledge or advance its pursuits. Countries together with the United States, Britain and New Zealand have banned the app on authorities telephones regardless of TikTok repeatedly denying that it has ever shared knowledge with the Chinese authorities and wouldn’t achieve this if requested.

Nepal has banned all pornographic websites in 2018.

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