Afghanistan’s Taliban government bans TikTok • The Register

The Afghan Taliban government has banned the Chinese-made social network TikTok and the first-person shooter PUBG.

The bans were announced with a Facebook post by the Afghan Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

According to that BBCthe Afghan government considered banning the two apps in April 2022 after calling them both a bad influence on the nation’s youth.

But the Facebook statement suggests the ban didn’t go into effect because local carriers didn’t act to enforce it, so the ministry called a meeting between the government and telecom companies to settle the matter.

The result was an agreement that TikTok would be unavailable for a month and PUBG would be banned for 90 days.

Research into this story led The registry to the ministry websitewhich lists tenders for antivirus software, fiber optic repairs, and email services.

We also found a gloomy one note that several Ministry employees were killed when the bus taking them home hit a mine.

The site also has news of increased scientific cooperation with China, so Sinophobia doesn’t seem to be a motive for the ban. The statements we found also do not express concern that China could access Afghani’s data.

Neighboring Pakistan also banned TikTok for containing immoral content, but that ban has since been reversed after the country’s government (finally) satisfied that an appropriate level of censorship could be applied.

Ironically, US Senator Marco Rubio called for a ban on TikTok, a very rare example of convergence between US and Afghan politics. ® Afghanistan’s Taliban government bans TikTok • The Register

Laura Coffey

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