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The Taliban have announced they will ban TikTok because it encourages violence

The Taliban have announced that they will ban TikTok as it promotes violence despite their fighters sharing battlefield atrocities to strike fear among their enemies on the platform.

The Taliban telecommunications ministry said the popular app as well as PUBG, an online game, will be banned in the country within weeks.

“TikTok has been spreading immoral and un-Islamic content and videos in an Islamic country among very vulnerable young people in Afghanistan, and we must block it for the sake of the future of our young people,” a Taliban official told MailOnline .

The Taliban have announced they will ban TikTok because it encourages violence

The Taliban's telecommunications ministry says the popular app as well as online game PUBG will be banned in the country within weeks

Taliban fighters use social media to share their battlefield atrocities to strike fear among their enemies

“They are just devastating our young people by advertising the western lifestyle. We live in an Islamic country and these platforms are spreading content against it,” he said.

“Facebook also spreads the same type of content. Our young people are wasting their time there. It is our duty to take care of young people,” the official said.

Internet service providers have been told they have 30 days as a “time limit” to ban TikTok, the telecommunications ministry said in a statement.

People will not be able to use popular apps in the country.

Afghanistan’s new leadership announced the decision during a meeting with representatives of the security sectors and a representative of the administration responsible for applying Sharia laws.

It comes after recent bans on music, movies and soap operas which saw the Taliban destroy musical instruments.

Internet service providers have been informed that they have 30 days as

Internet service providers have been told they have 30 days as a “time limit” to ban TikTok, the telecommunications ministry said in a statement.

Afghan telecommunications and internet service providers have shared the information regarding the ban and have been asked to follow the guidelines within the given time frame.

It comes as Taliban fighters use social media to share their battlefield atrocities to strike fear among their enemies.

A video filmed and shared on Taliban social media accounts shows a group of five blindfolded fighters having their hands tied behind them before being executed by cheering Taliban.

They also banned TV channels from airing what they considered “immoral material” and some channels were even told they could not air foreign movies and shows.

Earlier, the Taliban said it has blocked more than 23 million websites for posting what it considers “immoral” content in the year since the Taliban took over the country,

“We blocked 23.4 million websites. They change their pages every time. So when you block one website, another one will be active,’ Najibullah Haqqani, the Taliban’s communications minister, told a conference last month.

Speaking at the same conference, Deputy Communications Minister Ahmad Masoud Latif Rai also criticized Facebook for its reluctance to cooperate with Taliban authorities on content moderation.

After the collapse of the US-backed government and the withdrawal of US troops from the country, a Taliban-led interim Afghan government came to power on August 15 last year.

Earlier, the Taliban said it has blocked more than 23 million websites for posting what they consider to be content

Earlier, the Taliban said it has blocked more than 23 million websites for posting what it considers “immoral” content in the year since the Taliban took power in the country.

Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in mid-August last year, they have rescinded the rights of Afghan media and their operation

Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in mid-August last year, they have rescinded the rights of Afghan media and their operation

The Taliban takeover triggered an economic crisis and food shortages that pushed the country to the brink of a humanitarian crisis.

Thousands of Afghans have fled the country in fear of the Taliban, widespread human rights abuses and the deprivation of women and girls of their freedoms.

Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in mid-August last year, they have curtailed the rights of Afghan media and their functioning.

According to the United Nations, there have been significant changes in the country’s media landscape, including the closure of more than half of the free media, the banning of several channels and websites and the increase in restrictions on work, violence and threats against journalists.

After the collapse of the US-backed government and the withdrawal of US troops from the country, a Taliban-led interim Afghan government came to power on August 15 last year.

After the collapse of the US-backed government and the withdrawal of US troops from the country, a Taliban-led interim Afghan government came to power on August 15 last year.

Taliban fighters celebrate one year since they captured the Afghan capital, Kabul, outside the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday August 15, 2022

Taliban fighters celebrate one year since they captured the Afghan capital, Kabul, outside the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday August 15, 2022

According to international media freedom organisations, more than 300 Afghan media outlets have closed since the Taliban took over Kabul in the summer of 2021.

More than a thousand reporters have lost their jobs and hundreds have left the country, fearing revenge from the Taliban after the new Afghan leadership branded journalists “enemies”.

Afghanistan’s thriving media sector, which had been one of the greatest achievements of 20 years of international presence, is collapsing.

They banned women from appearing in dramas and ordered channels to stop airing foreign TV series, including those produced in Islamic countries like Iran.

In May, Afghanistan’s supreme leader, Hibatullah Akhundzada, issued a dictat for women to cover themselves fully in public, including their faces, ideally with the traditional burqa.

The dreaded Ministry for Promoting Virtue and Preventing Vice has ordered TV presenters to follow suit.

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