KATHMANDU, April 9: The ban on the social networking site TikTok in Nepal has started taking toll on telecom companies operating in Nepal, resulting in a loss of revenue amounting to Rs 3 billion for both NTC and Ncell.

WASHINGTON, March 14: The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill on Wednesday that would give TikTok's Chinese owner ByteDance about six months to divest the U.S. assets of the short-video app, or face a ban, in the greatest threat to the app since the Trump administration.

KATHMANDU, Feb 24: The Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has sought explanation from some internet service providers (ISPs) after it was revealed that they allowed the operation of TikTok, a social media platform which has been banned by the government.

Symphony of Techno-Pessimism

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Free markets are essential for technological progress, functioning as discovery machines that drive innovation through competition and discipline. Imposing bans disrupts this natural process, stifling the potential for individual prosperity and collective advancement.

Universal Music Group, which represents artists including Taylor Swift, Drake, Adele, Bad Bunny and Billie Eilish, says that it will no longer allow its music on TikTok now that a licensing deal between the two parties has expired.

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The imposition of bans on both TikTok and cryptocurrency poses a considerable challenge for our nation, particularly at this critical juncture when the global community actively advocates for the promotion of the creative economy—an emphasis integral to post-COVID-19 economic recovery efforts.

KATHMANDU, Dec 17: Nepali influencer Anjana Aryal went from homemaker to entrepreneur by sharing recipes on TikTok, but her lucrative business collapsed last month when the Himalayan republic banned the Chinese-owned short video app.

KATHMANDU, Dec 5: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has asserted that he has no intention of restricting citizens' freedom of thought and expression by imposing a ban on social media.

The decision by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology to ban the popular social media platform TikTok has ignited a heated debate in Nepal. Amidst all the arguments, the act of restricting Nepali citizens' access to this widely-used social media raises significant concerns about the democratic future of Nepal.

CHITWAN, Dec 2: Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha has stated that those who defy the law and spread chaos would not be exempted.

TikTok is not causing social disharmony but rather exposing the decadence in Nepali society, highlighting unprecedented levels of bad governance and corruption that Nepali people have never witnessed before.

With over 3.5 billion global downloads, TikTok has become a prominent platform for sharing short videos. Initially embraced for entertainment, its evolution in Nepal encompassed education, business, skill showcasing, and providing a voice for expression.

KATHMANDU, Nov 22: Nepal Police have urged the users not to use VPN and DNS platforms to access the government-banned social site, Tik Tok.

KATHMANDU, Nov 21: The Supreme Court (SC) has issued a show cause order regarding the government's decision to ban social networking site TikTok.

KATHMANDU, Nov 21: A group of Nepali youths has developed and launched a mobile app for short videos. Based on the increasing popularity of short reels among the younger generation, Idea Jar Company introduced the app named 'Ramailo.'

KATHMANDU, Nov 20: The hearing on the writ petitions filed against the TikTok ban has been scheduled at a single bench of Justice Dr Kumar Chudal.

KATHMANDU, Nov 18: An average of 70 percent of the expense in bandwidth purchase in Nepal goes in the subscription of TikTok.

KATHMANDU, Nov 18: The Nepal Telecommunication Authority (NTA) has formed a technical committee under the leadership of Director Bijay Kumar Rai for the effective implementation of the government's decision to ban Tiktok in the country.

KATHMANDU, Nov 18: About a dozen petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court (SC) against the government's decision to ban TikTok. Lawyers and digital rights advocates filed a petition in the SC against the government's decision to ban TikTok as unconstitutional.

Reconsider banning TikTok

November 18, 2023 07:50 am

In a surprising turn of events, the government announced a ban on the popular social media platform, TikTok, on the eve of Tihar-- the second greatest festival of Hindus across the country. This decision taken by the cabinet on November 13 in the name of preserving social harmony has sparked deep concern and disappointment among citizens and various stakeholders, including this newspaper.

KATHMANDU, Nov 17: The Supreme Court (SC) is to preside over a preliminary hearing on November 20 in relation to the writ petitions filed against the government decision to ban TikTok, a popular social networking site.

Analyzing Nepal’s Ban on TikTok

November 17, 2023 16:00 pm

On November 13, Nepal's Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Rekha Sharma, stated that the Cabinet had decided to ban TikTok, citing 'disruption in social harmony' and the impact the app, developed by social media giant ByteDance, had on the family and social structure of Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Nov 17: Around half a dozen writ petitions have been filed at the Supreme Court (SC) against the government's decision to ban TikTok in Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Nov 17: A writ petition has been filed at the Supreme Court (SC) demanding the annulment of the decision of the Council of Ministers to ban TikTok in Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Nov 17: The managing company of TikTok, has written a seven-point letter to Nepal expressing its displeasure over the government's ban on TikTok in Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Nov 15: The Federation of Computer Association of Nepal has said there would be support in country's economy if an arrangement for operation and regulation of TikTok was made in line with law.

KATHMANDU, Nov 14: The Nepal Telecommunication Authority (NTA) has warned that internet service providers (ISPs) will be punished if they do not shut down the social network Tik Tok.

KATHMANDU, Nov 14: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that Tiktok had to be banned to save social harmony and family unity.

KATHMANDU, Nov 14: The government has decided to ban 'TikTok', a social media app, in the country, drawing the conclusion that it is causing deterioration in social harmony.

KATHMANDU, Nov 13: The Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has issued a directive to internet service providers (ISPs) in Nepal to block access to TikTok, a social media app.  The circular comes in response to the government decision to impose a ban on TikTok.

Govt decides to ban Tiktok in Nepal

November 13, 2023 13:50 pm

KATHMANDU, Nov 13: The government of Nepal has decided to prohibit the use of the social network platform Tiktok.

KATHMANDU, Nov 3: It is prohibited to take photos, shoot videos and make TikTok content on the Singha Durbar premises without permission.

LONDON, Sept. 16: A European Union regulator fined Chinese-owned social media platform TikTok 345 million euros over child data breaches on Friday. Ireland's Data Protection Commission said in a statement that it has handed down the "administrative fine", which is equivalent to $369 million, over the breaches it uncovered in a two-year inquiry.

BRUSSELS, Aug 4: Video-sharing platform TikTok announced Friday changes to meet strict EU rules including allowing European users to turn off the addictive feature that shows content based on their interests. Under the new rules, internet giants will be forced to take stronger action on data privacy, child protection, disinformation and hate speech.

SAULSALITO, Calif.,April 1: Under intense scrutiny from Washington that could lead to a potential ban, the top attorney for TikTok and its Chinese parent company ByteDance defended the social media platform’s plan to safeguard U.S. user data from China.

KATHMANDU, March 31: Three cabin crew members of Himalaya Airlines, who allegedly made TikTok video during the flight, have been taken into action.

WASHINGTON, March 31: A year ago, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, TikTok started labeling accounts operated by Russian state propaganda agencies as a way to tell users they were being exposed to Kremlin disinformation.

LOS ANGELES, March 27: When Cassidy Jacobson was 13 years old, she posted a video of herself dancing on the popular app TikTok.

LONDON, March 24: Britain's parliament will block TikTok on all devices on its network following a similar ban on government devices, becoming the latest Western institution to bar the Chinese-owned video app over security concerns.

KATHMANDU, Oct 23: The Election Commission (EC) has announced to award the best TikTok video focusing the upcoming elections to the members of the House of Representatives and Province Assembly scheduled for November 20.

Following a major cliffhanger at the end of the first season of Marvel's Moon Knight series, it seemed like a lock for Marc Spector/Stephen Grant (Oscar Isaac) to return to television screens. The introduction of a new alter for the lead opened the door for a lot of possibilities to continue this story and potentially connect it to the wider MCU. Thankfully, for fans of the series, it seems there will be a second outing for the character. Although not officially confirmed, Isaac appeared on a TikTok from Mohammed Diab in which they heavily imply a second season is in the works over at Disney+.

As the court presiding over the Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard case is in recess until May 16, those keeping up with the case have been keeping busy on TikTok. According to the latest reports, a bizarre trend sweeping the social media platform has short videos ridiculing Heard’s testimony against Depp amassing millions of views online. Variety reports that videos or audios from the trial see creators dramatically imitating Heard, mocking her and even performing dances to the same.

Netflix and TikTok suspended most of their services in Russia on Sunday as the government cracks down on what people and media outlets can say about Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Joan MacDonald’s health was in shambles at age 71. She was overweight and on numerous medications with high cholesterol, rising blood pressure and kidney trouble.

Authorities raided a house in a wealthy district of Phnom Penh to rescue an 18-month-old lion that had been defanged, declawed and illegally kept as a pet.

From sourdough to feta pasta, much of the last year at home has been food-focused. And one driver of these delectable fads is the social media platform TikTok.

A motorist was talking on her cellphone to her future wife when powerful winds blew a tree limb onto her car and killed her, authorities said.

Lithuania’s national opera and ballet theatre has turned to TikTok to reach audiences during lockdown, attracting millions of views to a performance of a sea shanty by its singers.

KATHMANDU, Feb 18: The National Examination Board (NEB) has cancelled the examination of a student who had made a TikTok video during the board examination of Grade 12 held earlier in November.