Supreme Court Holds Hearing on Writ Petition Challenging TikTok Ban in Nepal

December 5, 2023
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TikTok Ban in Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal – Today, the Supreme Court of Nepal convened for the much-anticipated hearing of a writ petition challenging the ban on TikTok, the widely used short-form video-sharing platform created by the Chinese tech giant, ByteDance, in September 2016.

The legal battle began when the Supreme Court issued a show cause notice to the government, responding to the writ petition filed by concerned citizens and users of TikTok. The ban on TikTok was enforced following a decision made during the Council of Ministers’ meeting on November 13 last month. Subsequently, internet service providers across the nation halted the operation of TikTok in compliance with the government’s directive.

The petitioners are fervently appealing for the revocation of the TikTok ban, arguing against the government’s decision. The government had justified the ban by citing concerns about potential disturbances in social harmony, numerous cases against public decency, and an alleged lack of cooperation from TikTok Company in crime prevention and prosecution efforts.

As the courtroom drama unfolded today, legal experts presented arguments both in favor and against the ban, emphasizing the broader implications of restricting access to a platform that has become an integral part of the social media landscape in Nepal.

The outcome of today’s hearing is poised to have far-reaching consequences, given TikTok’s massive popularity and its significant impact on shaping social media culture. Users, content creators, and digital rights advocates are closely watching the proceedings, hoping for a fair and balanced decision that takes into account the concerns raised by both the government and the petitioners.

The case has sparked debates on freedom of expression, digital rights, and the role of social media in society. It highlights the ongoing challenges faced by governments worldwide in balancing the regulation of online platforms with the protection of individual liberties.

The Supreme Court’s decision on the TikTok ban will undoubtedly set a precedent for future cases involving the regulation of social media platforms, making this hearing a pivotal moment in the evolving landscape of digital rights in Nepal.


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