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On Monday, the government of Nepal decided to ban the popular social media app TikTok, stating that it violates "social harmony" in the country

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The announcement was made following a Cabinet meeting. Foreign Minister Narayan Prakash Saud stated that the app would be banned immediately.

"The government has decided to ban TikTok as it was necessary to regulate the use of the social media platform, which was found to be affecting social harmony, goodwill, and the flow of inappropriate content," said Saud.

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It is unclear what prompted the ban and whether TikTok refused to comply with Nepal's requests. The company did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the situation.

TikTok, owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, has faced scrutiny in several countries over concerns that Beijing could use the app for collecting user data or advancing its interests. Countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand have banned the app on government phones, despite TikTok repeatedly denying any data sharing with the Chinese government and stating it would not do so if asked.

Nepal banned all pornographic sites in 2018.