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After India, now Nepal gave a big blow to China, banned TikTok

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Nepal’s PM Prachanda and China’s President Jinping

Nepal TikTok Ban: After India’s Modi government, Nepal’s Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ government has taken a big step, giving a strong blow to China. Nepal’s Communications Minister said on Monday that in the cabinet meeting, the Nepal government has decided to ban TikTok. Even before this, many countries including India have banned TikTok due to security reasons. This decision of Nepal has been taken at a time when the strategic closeness between Nepal and China is increasing.

The Nepali cabinet meeting held on Monday decided to ban the Chinese-owned app, citing its negative effects on social harmony. However, it is not yet known when this decision will be implemented. The Nepal government said that although freedom of expression is a fundamental right, it has criticized TikTok for promoting the growing trend of hate speech among a large section of the society. In the last four years, 1647 cases of cyber crime have been reported on TikTok in Nepal.

Nepal was already planning to ban TikTok

Representatives of Nepal Police’s Cyber ​​Bureau, Home Ministry and TikTok discussed the issue early last week. Monday’s decision is expected to come into effect after technical preparations are completed. This decision of the Nepal government comes within a few days of introducing ‘Directions 2023 on the Operation of Social Networking’. According to the new rule, social media platforms operating in Nepal will have to set up their offices in the country.

Opening of contact office made mandatory

The cabinet meeting on Thursday made it mandatory for social media sites like Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), TikTok and YouTube to open their contact offices in Nepal. The government said last week that the measure was introduced in view of the increasing number of people complaining that the absence of representatives of companies in Nepal has made it difficult for authorities to address the concerns of their users.

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