September 25, 2022

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Taliban to ban TikTok ‘because it encourages violence’

Taliban to ban TikTok ‘because it encourages violence’

The Taliban have announced that they will ban TikTok because it incites violence.

The Taliban’s telecommunications ministry said the popular app as well as PUBG, an online game, will be banned in the country within weeks.

“TikTok has been spreading immoral and un-Islamic content and videos in an Islamic country among very vulnerable young people in Afghanistan, and we must block it for the sake of the future of our young people,” a Taliban official told MailOnline .

“They are just devastating our young people by advertising the western lifestyle. We live in an Islamic country and these platforms are spreading content against it,” he said.

“Facebook also spreads the same type of content. Our young people are wasting their time there. It is our duty to take care of young people,” the official said.

Internet service providers have been told they have the next 30 days as a “time limit” to ban TikTok, the telecommunications ministry said in a statement.

People will not be able to use popular apps in the country.

Afghanistan’s new leadership announced the decision during a meeting with representatives of the security sectors and a representative of the administration responsible for applying Sharia laws.

It comes after recent bans on music, movies and soap operas which saw the Taliban destroy musical instruments.

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