TikTok BANNED by Taliban in Afghanistan because of the app’s ‘filthy content’


TIKTOK has been banned by the Taliban for being immoral.

A spokesman for the militant rulers of Afghanistan insisted the popular app’s “filthy content was not consistent with Islamic laws”.


The Taliban have blocked access to TikTok in AfghanistanCredit: Reuters

Video sharing network TikTok is also “misleading the younger generation”, Inamullah Samangani said on Twitter.

The decision, taken during a cabinet meeting, is the first time the group has banned a social media app since it returned to power last year.

It also decided to block the popular South Korean PUBG battlegrounds game and bar Afghan telly channels from airing “immoral” content.

The crackdown on Chinese-owned TikTok is just one part of the Taliban’s stringent religious policing campaign.

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Other policies include suspending high school education for girls, forcing workers to grow beards, and ordering taxi drivers not to allow women to travel more than 43 miles without a male family member.

Samangani added: “We’ve received a lot of complaints about how the TikTok app and PUBG game are wasting people’s time.

“The ministry of communications and information technology was ordered to remove the apps from internet servers and make them inaccessible to everyone in Afghanistan.”

Around 23 per cent of Afghanistan’s 40million population had access to the internet in January, and usage rose seven per cent between last year and this, a report found.

Other popular social media networks including Facebook and WhatsApp are still available.

The Taliban say TikTok's content is not consistent with the laws they seek to enforce


The Taliban say TikTok’s content is not consistent with the laws they seek to enforceCredit: Alamy


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