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Somalia bans Telegram and TikTok over misinformation

Somalia bans Telegram and TikTok over misinformation

The Federal Republic of Somalia is the latest country to ban cryptocurrency-friendly messaging app Telegram, alongside TikTok social media app and the online-betting site 1XBet.

Somalia’s Ministry of Communications and Technology (MOCT) officially announced on Aug. 20 that the government is shutting down Telegram, TikTok and 1XBet.

On Sunday, MOCT minister Jama Hassan Khalif held a meeting on telecommunications and internet security in social media with the National Communications Agency and major Somalia’s telecom firms. The minister said that the government of Somalia is “working to preserve the culture of Somali society” as telecom and internet devices have “affected lifestyles and increased bad habits.”

The announcement by MOCT reads:

“It was considered important to shut down TikTok, Telegram and 1XBet gambling equipment, which had an impact on Somali youth, causing some of them to die.”

According to online reports, Somalia’s move to ban TikTok, Telegram and 1XBet also aims to limit the spread of indecent content and propaganda.

“The minister of communications orders internet companies to stop the aforementioned applications, which terrorists and immoral groups use to spread constant horrific images and misinformation to the public,” Khalif reportedly said. He added that Telegram and other applications were ordered to suspend their operations in Somali by Aug. 24. “Anyone who does not follow this order will face clear and appropriate legal measures,” the official reportedly stated.

It’s not immediately clear whether Somalia’s decision to ban Telegram and other platforms have any implications for the country’s cryptocurrency adoption. In a similar way to many countries in Africa, investing in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) is not banned in Somalia. In the meantime, many global jurisdictions often argue that crypto is associated with terrorism financing risks.

The MOCT did not immediately respond to Cointelegraph’s request for comment. This article will be updated pending new information.

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The news comes just a few days after Iraq’s telecom ministry lifted

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