Another country has banned TikTok, the ByteDance-owned short video behemoth with more than a billion active users worldwide.
The decision, first reported in the New York Times, came shortly after the Himalayan country introduced a rule that requires social platforms to register with the local government. TikTok’s refusal to curb hateful content has affected “social harmony,” the report said, citing the Nepalese government.
Specifically, officials are concerned about content that “incites religious hatred, violence and sexual abuse and has led to offline clashes, forced curfews and the deployment of police.”
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TikTok’s meteoric rise has been met with resistance as countries around the world become increasingly wary of China’s influence. The app lost a key market in 2021 after India banned it among several Chinese internet services, including messaging giant WeChat, amid growing border tensions between the two countries. In May, Montana became the first US state to ban TikTok over concerns about Beijing’s potential access to its users’ information.
Many other countries, including Canada and the UK, have imposed restrictions on TikTok to varying degrees, most banning government officials from using the addictive, algorithm-driven short video app.
TikTok has long maintained that it does not share data with the Chinese government. In the US, its biggest market, the app spent $1.5 billion of “Project Texas” to store user data locally.