Somalia’s authorities says it intends to close down entry to sure social media platforms together with TikTok and Telegram that authorities imagine disproportionately harms youth
ByOMAR FARUK Related Press
MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somalia’s authorities says it intends to close down entry to sure social media platforms together with TikTok and Telegram, which authorities imagine disproportionately hurt youth.
The announcement late Sunday by the ministry of communications and expertise got here after a gathering convened by Minister Jama Hassan Khalif amid issues that the platforms can unfold extremist content material, nude pictures and different materials seen as offensive to Somali tradition and Islam. The ministry assertion additionally cited playing platform 1XBET.
That is the primary official try by a authorities establishment in Somalia to close down any platform on social media. The choice will take impact on Aug. 24. It could require the compliance of privately run telecom corporations.
One social media person with a big following in Somalia, Bilaal Bulshawi, expressed contempt for the federal government’s order and asserted that the federal government is powerless to ban such platforms.
“Even when it tries, we are going to make the most of each means obtainable to make our functions practical,” Bulshawi mentioned, together with through the use of digital non-public networks, or VPNs, which might masks a person’s location to bypass censorship or location-based viewing restrictions.