In a significant development, the Nepalese government has announced the immediate shut down of the popular social media app, TikTok. The decision was disclosed by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs, Narayan Kaji Shrestha, who highlighted the necessity of technical preparations and the need to address concerns related to social harmony.
The decision follows the revelation that the app, known for its short-form videos, would be banned shortly after a brief period of technical work, estimated to take approximately one and a half hours. Deputy Prime Minister Shrestha emphasized the negative impact of TikTok on societal well-being, expressing concerns over activities promoting hate speech and undermining national unity.
“Given TikTok’s contribution to social discord, promotion of harmful activities, and weakening of national unity, the decision to shut it down has been made,” stated Deputy Prime Minister Shrestha.
The decision to ban TikTok was officially endorsed during the recent Cabinet meeting, reflecting a stance against the misuse of the platform for activities deemed detrimental to the nation’s social fabric. The move aligns with a broader global discourse on regulating social media platforms to ensure responsible content dissemination.
As TikTok faces an immediate ban in Nepal, this decision underscores the government’s commitment to fostering a digital environment conducive to social harmony and national unity. The implementation of this decision will be closely monitored for its impact on the digital landscape and the broader conversation surrounding online content regulation.
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