Full List of Countries that Have Banned TikTok Including Canada and US


TikTok Ban

TikTok, a Chinese Social Media platform which is owned by ByteDance took over the social media space by storm. No one really expected a Chinese social media app to trouble the dominance of other giant social media apps from the Unted States. TikTok is one of the youngest social media apps around, but it is the fastest growing social media app in the world. However, the glory days of TikTok do not seem to have a long lifespan.

Ever since getting into the limelight, TikTok has received a lot of criticisms over the safety of user data. In recent reports, Conservative MP Alicia Kerns warned Brits against the use of TikTok. She said the app was exposing the personal data of users. And was feeding Hostile threats like the Chinese Government with personal data of the users. TikTok Ban

Meanwhile, ByteDance, the owners of TikTok have done all they could to settle disputes and appease concerns. Nonetheless, a couple of nations have either partially or fully banned the Chinese social media app for one or two reasons. Below is a thorough look at all the countries that have currently banned TikTok.

United States

The United States government has revealed that it has ordered all of its federal employees to remove TikTok from all phones that was issued by the government. This report was issued on the 28th of February and explains that the action was taken to protect confidential data.

Meanwhile, China’s foreign Ministry spokesperson has come out to criticize the action by saying: “We firmly oppose those wrong actions”. The US government should respect the principles of market economy and fair competition. Stop suppressing the companies and provide an open, fair, and non-discriminatory environment for foreign companies in the US”. “How unsure of itself can the world’s top superpower like the US be to fear young people’s favorite app like that,” He added.

Canada

Canada, a country with close relation to the United States has also taken a step to ban TikTok from all government-issued mobile devices. Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada came out to explain the reason behind this ban.TikTok Ban

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“I suspect that as government takes the significant step of telling all federal employees that they can no longer use TikTok on their work phones, many Canadians from business to private individuals will reflect on the security of their own data and perhaps make choices”.

He went further to add that “I’m always a fan of giving Canadians the information for them to make the right decisions for them.”

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The European Union

The banning fever in the European Union first started with the European Union and the EU Council. They temporarily banned TikTok from the phones of employees as a cybersecurity measure.

After this action, the European Parliament also revealed on Tuesday 28th February that they will also take similar actions. This time around the ban will not just be on government-issued devices. Employees at the parliament are also barred from installing TikTok on their personal phones that are linked to parliament related email accounts.

India

India happens to be one of the first countries to take a step in banning TikTok. The Asian country banned the app in 2020 together with other Chinese apps. This is because India claims these apps threaten its national security and defense. TikTok Ban

Interestingly, India happens to be TikTok’s largest market before the ban. TikTok users in India amounted to about 200 million.

Taiwan

Taiwan’s ban came in 2022 when the Taiwanese government banned all government sector devices from using the app. This ban came because the government of Taiwan suspected the Chinese government of conducting cognitive warfare against Taiwan.

Pakistan

Pakistan has banned TikTok on several occasions, but the latest ban came in November 2021

Afghanistan

The ban of TikTok in Afghanistan is still hanging in the air till date. In April 2021, Taliban spokesperson reported that the government was planning on banning the app. This is because the app is impacting the younger generation negatively. Another reason was the fact that the app is inconsistent with Islamic laws.

Iran

TikTok is totally banned in Iran as a whole. It does not matter whether government phone or individual phone. This is because the laws of TikTok contradicts with the laws of Iran.

Despite all these bans here and there, TikTok is still growing at a faster pace as more users keep getting onboard each day. Is the platform really a security threat or these allegations are just there to slow it down and totally kill it. Can TikTok get wiped out off the social media space entirely? Share your thoughts.

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16 Comments

  1. March 7, 2023

    A Chinese app that is successful? noooooo……can’t have that

    • March 8, 2023

      china ban other countries apps, its only natural for the rest of the world to retaliate. from 2023 onwards, china gonna be more and more secluded as Xi took full power and replace the government with his loyalist.

      • March 8, 2023

        ah the “rest” of the world lol whatever this is nothing but geopolitics-look at other countries have their apps made it anywhere else with success? moment they do, check back

      • March 12, 2023

        mind you. China never banned google or facebook. They Both left China back in 2010.

        It was Google’s own decision to pull out from China in 2010 since the company believes that abiding by Chinese laws does not conform with its so-called “democratic values”. China did not ban Google. Cybersecurity regulation is a domain in which all countries worldwide are exploring ways to strike a balance between securing freedom and a healthy internet environment. No country, including the US, would decline such a necessity. 

  2. March 7, 2023

    This is a perfect example of when you cannot beat them fair and square you pull the “alleged” national security card out to drive out the competition. After all, its no more a “security” risk than Facebook or YouTube etc etc etc. The difference is that its not US government controllable.

    • March 8, 2023

      mind you. china has been banning lots of apps like google, facebook, etc first. its only natural for other country to retaliate.

      • March 12, 2023

        mind you. China never banned google or facebook. They Both left China back in 2010.

        It was Google’s own decision to pull out from China in 2010 since the company believes that abiding by Chinese laws does not conform with its so-called “democratic values”. China did not ban Google. Cybersecurity regulation is a domain in which all countries worldwide are exploring ways to strike a balance between securing freedom and a healthy internet environment. No country, including the US, would decline such a necessity. 

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