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Countries banning Chinese media app TikTok

13 November 2023  

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KATHMANDU: Despite strong opposition to the TikTok ban in Nepal, it’s important to note that several other countries have also implemented restrictions on this widely-used social media platform.

While some nations, including Nepal, have opted for a complete ban, others have chosen a more nuanced approach, restricting TikTok use to government devices. Here’s a brief overview:


The Taliban government in Afghanistan banned TikTok and the online game PUBG in 2022.


The Australian federal government has prohibited the use of TikTok on government devices, excluding the general public.


Belgium has banned TikTok on government-owned devices, citing concerns about cyber security, privacy, and misinformation.


TikTok is banned on government devices in Canada.


Denmark’s Ministry of Defense has prohibited the use of TikTok on phones provided to its employees.

European Union:

The EU bodies—European Parliament, European Commission, and EU Council—have banned their employees from using TikTok on institutional and personal devices.


France has restricted the recreational use of social media apps, including TikTok, on government employees’ phones due to data security concerns.


India imposed a comprehensive ban on numerous Chinese apps, including TikTok, in 2020, citing privacy and data security concerns.

New Zealand:

MPs and parliament staff in New Zealand are prohibited from using TikTok on work equipment.


Norway has banned government employees from using TikTok on government-provided phones.


Taiwan implemented a complete ban on TikTok in December 2022.

United Kingdom:

Britain has banned the use of TikTok on mobile phones used by government ministers and civil servants.

United States:

The US has banned TikTok on government devices.

These actions highlight the diverse global responses to TikTok, ranging from outright bans to nuanced restrictions on specific devices.

Publish Date : 13 November 2023 19:40 PM

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