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The decision to ban TikTok in Nepal was taken in the Nepal government meeting.

In a recent development reported by Kathmandu Post, the government has resolved to ban TikTok. This decision was taken in the cabinet meeting held on Monday citing the adverse impact of the app on social harmony. The specific date of implementation of this ban has not yet been determined. It should be noted that the short video-sharing app was already banned by India in 2020.

India imposed a nationwide ban on various Chinese applications, including the widely popular TikTok and messaging platform WeChat. This decisive action was taken in response to privacy and security concerns associated with these apps. The ban was imposed soon after the violent standoff along the disputed Himalayan border, which resulted in the clash between Indian and Chinese troops that left 20 Indian soldiers dead and several others injured.

According to the Kathmandu Post, while acknowledging the fundamental right to freedom of expression, the Nepalese government expressed concern over TikTok’s alleged promotion of hate speech, which has led to widespread criticism from a significant section of the society. In the last four years, 1,647 cases of cyber crime have reportedly been registered on the video-sharing platform.

This matter was discussed last week between the Cyber ​​Bureau of Nepal Police, Home Ministry and representatives of TikTok. The decision taken on Monday is expected to be implemented after the technical preparations are completed.

This latest ban comes soon after the government introduced the ‘Directive 2023 on the Governance of Social Networking’. According to the new rules, social media platforms operating in Nepal are now required to set up offices within the country.

In a cabinet meeting held last Thursday, it was ordered that social media giants like Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), TikTok and YouTube will have to open liaison offices in Nepal. The government cited the need for representatives in Nepal to address users’ concerns and promptly handle objectionable content.

Companies operating these platforms will have to set up an office in Nepal or designate a focal person within three months of the directive coming into force. Additionally, they are required to register their social media platforms with the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, non-compliance of which may result in the platform being shut down.

The directives also outline a 19-point do-not-do list for users on platforms like Facebook, X, TikTok, YouTube and Instagram.



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