When Tik Tok launched in September 2016, the short video sharing platform was widely accepted around the world with downloads totaling over 3 billion. The growing popularity increased its users to more than 1 billion in more than 150 countries.
TikTok, owned by the Chinese technology conglomerate ByteDance, despite its success, is embroiled in several controversies. While some countries are still seeking assurances from the company’s CEO Shou Zi Chew, other countries have banned TikTok, while still others have temporarily restricted the video-sharing app.
Security concerns and privacy issues top the list of concerns about the app which has over 16.2 million users in Nigeria. According to Statista, Tiktok is the eighth most used social media platform in the country out of the 11 most popular platforms ranked.
Where is TikTok currently banned?
India was the first country to implement a TikTok ban. Indian authorities opted to ban the app citing concerns related to national security. The ban in India is permanent and the company has withdrawn from the South Asian country’s market.
The Taliban took over the government in 2021 and ordered a ban on TikTok the same year. In an article published by the BBC, the Taliban said their aim was to “prevent the younger generation from being fooled”.
As of January 2023, the ban had not yet gone into effect, and no one knows if it will be permanent.
Many US governors have issued executive orders banning Tik Tok on government-issued devices. According to authorities, the ban was a response to security concerns that the Tik Tok app raised for US citizens.
In 2020, Nebraska was the first state to issue a ban. Other states that have criticized the use of TikTok in one way or another are South Dakota, North Dakota, Maryland, South Carolina, Texas, New Hampshire, Utah, Louisiana, West Virginia, Georgia, Oklahoma, Idaho, Iowa, Tennessee. , New Jersey, Alabama, Virginia, and Montana. As of Tuesday, Washington had banned the app from the devices of US federal government employees.