Nepal Telecommunications Authority Issues Ultimatum to Internet Service Providers Regarding TikTok Ban

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Kathmandu, Nov 29: The Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has taken a stringent stance on the government’s decision to ban TikTok, the popular social media app. In a recent public notice, the NTA has directed all internet service providers to confirm whether they have implemented the ban within the next 24 hours, cautioning that failure to comply may result in the cancellation of their licenses.

Surya Prasad Lamichhane, the Deputy Director and Information Officer of NTA, emphasized that a prior notice had been issued to all internet and mobile service providers, seeking information about the status of the implementation of the government’s decision to prohibit TikTok. However, as of now, the NTA has not received any updates on the matter.

The government officially declared the ban on TikTok during the Cabinet meeting on November 13, citing its ‘negative impact’ on social harmony. The NTA’s current ultimatum underscores the government’s commitment to enforcing the ban and ensuring that internet service providers are in compliance.

The move to ban TikTok in Nepal aligns with the growing global concerns about the content and influence of certain social media platforms. The government’s decision reflects its determination to maintain social harmony and protect citizens from potential negative impacts associated with the use of the app.

Internet service providers are now under increased scrutiny to promptly respond to the NTA directive, marking a critical moment in the enforcement of the TikTok ban in the country. The NTA’s warning of license cancellation adds a significant dimension to the repercussions for non-compliance, signaling the seriousness with which the government views the implementation of this decision. The coming days will reveal the extent of adherence to this directive within the internet service provider community and the potential implications for the accessibility of TikTok in Nepal.

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