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April 26, 2024

TikTok, Clubhouse, 8 other social media platforms banned in other countries [See list]

EU tells TikTok to 'spare no effort' to fight disinformation

While the saga remains unabated, we take a look at some of the countries that have TikTok banned and other social media platforms banned in other countries

Joe Biden on Wednesday took a decisive step in the ongoing saga involving TikTok by signing a bill that could potentially ban the popular video-sharing app in the United States if its owner, ByteDance, fails to divest the platform.

The primary concern reportedly driving the proposed ban was the fear that TikTok, owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, could be compelled to hand over user data to the Chinese government under China’s national security laws.

This, raised alarms among US lawmakers and officials, who viewed the app as a potential tool for espionage and influence campaigns.

While the saga remains unabated, we take a look at some of the countries that have TikTok banned and other social media platforms banned in other countries

Tiktok ban

On March 24, France banned the installation and use of “recreational” applications such as TikTok on the work phones of 2.5 million civil servants.

The ban, which was notified through a “binding” instruction, immediately took effect and does not apply to the personal phones of state employees.

Norway, Belgium and Denmark are also among countries that have placed a ban on the app.

Clubhouse

Clubhouse, an audio-based social networking app, has faced bans in countries like China, where authorities fear its potential for facilitating unmonitored discussions on sensitive topics.

Facebook

While Facebook remains the largest social media platform globally, it has faced bans in countries like China, where it is inaccessible without the use of virtual private networks (VPNs). The Chinese government blocks Facebook due to concerns over its potential for spreading dissenting voices and undermining state control over information.


X

Similar to Facebook, Twitter has been banned in countries like China, where the government perceives it as a platform for organizing dissent and spreading politically sensitive content.


YouTube

In countries like China, Iran, and North Korea, access to YouTube is restricted or completely blocked. Governments cite concerns over the dissemination of content that goes against state narratives or promotes dissent.

WhatsApp

While WhatsApp is widely used for messaging and communication globally, it has faced bans in countries like China and Iran. In some cases, governments have restricted access to WhatsApp to exert control over communication channels and monitor conversations.

Instagram

Instagram, owned by Facebook, has also been banned in countries like China for similar reasons as its parent company. The platform’s visual nature makes it a potential tool for sharing dissenting content, prompting government censorship.

Snapchat

Snapchat has faced bans in countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over concerns related to moral values and the perceived negative influence of its content on youth.

Telegram

Telegram, known for its strong encryption and privacy features, has been banned in countries like Russia and Iran. Governments have cited concerns over its use by extremist groups for communication and coordination.

Reddit

Reddit, a popular platform for discussions and forums, has faced bans in countries like China for its potential to facilitate the spread of information deemed sensitive or subversive by authorities.

Tumblr

Tumblr, a microblogging platform known for its diverse user-generated content, has been banned in countries like Indonesia over concerns related to adult content and its potential impact on societal norms.

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