Kyrgyzstan bans TikTok to protect children's health

Kyrgyzstan announced on Wednesday, August 30 that it will ban TikTok. Social media authorities charge that it is not “reduce access to information that harms children's health and development” from this Central Asian country, neighboring China. “The Ministry of Culture, Information, Sports and Youth has decided to stop the distribution of the TikTok service in the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic”he announced in a press release.

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According to the same source, the request was sent to the digital development ministry of this former Soviet republic of seven million people, which is allied with Russia and close to China. “We have received many worried requests from NGOs about the harmful effects of TikTok”this application for sharing short and entertaining videos that “negatively affects children's mental development and health”confirmed by the Ministry of Culture.

Authorities say they made the decision after being specifically flagged “absence of restrictions on the availability of information harmful to health” the physical and mental TikTok, which has more than a billion active users worldwide and whose parent company is China's ByteDance.

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In the West, TikTok is already facing increasing restrictions amid accusations of transferring user data to China, while Afghanistan, India, Jordan and even Somalia have banned the service for various reasons.

In France, the Senate had threatened to impose a suspension if it did not take steps to clarify its relationship with the Chinese authorities and introduce moderation. ” effective “ before 1er January 2024.

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