Somalia to Ban TikTok and Telegram Applications.

Published: August 20, 2023
Somalia to Ban TikTok, Telegram

Somalia’s Minister of Communications and Technology, Jama Hassan Khalif, has announced plans to ban the use of TikTok and Telegram in the country. The decision was made following a meeting with heads of companies that provide telecommunication services.

In a news release, the minister said that the ban was necessary to protect the moral behavior of the Somali community. He said that TikTok and Telegram are being used to spread harmful content, including videos of girls or boys being blackmailed or threatened.

The minister also said that the ban is in line with the National Telecommunications Law, which prohibits the use of telecommunications services for “immoral or illegal purposes.”

The announcement has been met with mixed reactions. Some people support the ban, saying that it is necessary to protect children from harmful content. Others are critical of the ban, saying that it is an infringement on freedom of expression.

It is not clear when the ban will go into effect. The minister said that the government is working with telecommunication companies to implement the ban.

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