Tiktok may be a popular platform, but it did not go well with a lot of countries. Many were discussing and flooded the Internet with what countries have banned Tiktok? There are several countries that have banned TikTok, and they don’t have any intentions of lifting the ban at all, at least not soon.
The short video-making platform saw tremendous growth in its users and following shortly afterward its launch. The videos are edited in many ways, including music and trending songs playing in the background, dialogues from different movies and series, the playback speed can be increased or decreased, and multiple filters can also enhance the video.
According to Wikipedia, In 2018, the app was downloaded 104 million times on iOS devices during the first half of the year and broke records to become the most downloaded app in the U.S in the same year. Because of this tremendous growth and popularity, many countries worried that the app might leak user information to the Chinese Government. This factor, along with many others, resulted in the ban of the platform.
If we look at the stats today, TikTok has a massive number of 689 million followers, making it one of the most downloaded apps overall. Besides this, the app has been downloaded 2 billion times globally across both ios and android platforms.
Countries That Have Banned TikTok for Different Reasons
Amongst one of the countries that have banned TikTok entirely is India. The ban was issued by the Indian Government on June 29, 2020, after a border clash with China. TikTok and 223 other Chinese apps, including WeChat and Shein, were also banned by the country. After the ban was made permanent in 2021, the Chinese government released a statement stating that it will be cutting more than 2000 jobs in India because of the ban.
The recent addition to the list of countries that have banned TikTok is Pakistan. The ban came after many users complained about the immoral and indecent content shared on the platform. In many ways, the content was offending the culture and living of Pakistan. Currently, the TikTok representatives and officials are in talks with the Pakistan Government to lift the ban on the platform allowing users to create engaging content and building better relations with the country.
Countries That Have Attempted Ban on Tiktok
Back in July 2018, Indonesia was one of the countries that attempted to ban TikTok. The ban was made after the Indonesian Govt. accused the platform of sharing inappropriate content, including pornography and videos that insulted their religion and culture on the public platform. However, when the TikTok ban was announced, the Government made it clear that the ban is temporary and will lift as soon as the platform removes the violating content.
Ten days later, the ban was lifted after TikTok representatives assured the Indonesia Government that they would take down all the harmful content and formed 20 sensors to monitor the harmful content uploaded.
In 2018, Bangladesh also became one of the countries that attempted to ban TikTok. Bangladeshi Government blocked internet access to the platform resulting in a temporary ban. Even though TikTok had no connection with the reasons for which the ban was made. The primary reasons behind the ban were rising pornography and gambling in the country. Later in 2020, after many users protested against the ban, Bangladesh Govt. presented a draft to the TikTok representatives asking them to remove the ten inappropriate videos from the country.
TikTok had a positive response to this statement and removed all the ten videos from their platform. Soon after this move, the TikTok ban was lifted in the country. Soon after this, the Govt. released a statement stating that they don’t wish to ban the platform as far as users know how to have fun while staying within their limits.
#3 United States
In 2020, former US President Donald Trump signed an order to ban TikTok in the next 45 days after the order was released. The main reason behind this move was the threat to the national security of the United States. However, later in September, TikTok filed a lawsuit against the former President that blocked his ban temporary ban order on the platform.
However, several restrictions were also made against the TikTok operations by the Commerce Departement that were rejected to get blocked in the TikTok v Trump lawsuit. In October, a new lawsuit Marland v Trump was filed by three TikTok influencers that stopped the Commerce Department from putting any restrictions on the TikTok operations in the United States.
However, The Commerce Department made efforts to allow the original ruling in the lawsuit filed earlier TikTok v Trump but were issued an injunction preventing TikTok.
That was the list of 5 countries that have banned TikTok, including several that attempted to put a temporary ban on the platform. The ban came for reasons concerning the national security and integrity of these countries. Tell us in the comments sections below what you think about the TikTok ban in these countries and if you are a part of any country that has banned TikTok.