‘Talks underway’: TikTok breaks silence on Jordan ban

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AMMAN — TikTok issued a statement on Monday saying that it has held talks with the Jordanian authorities in hopes of lifting the Kingdom’s ongoing ban on the app, which has been in place since December 16, a local news outlet reported.اضافة اعلان

According to the statement, 310,724 videos have been deleted from various accounts in Jordan — over 86 percent of them without receiving any views.

The statement pointed out that millions in Jordan use TikTok.

"We have full faith that through our ongoing conversations with the authorities, we can reach a decision that would allow TikTok to continue serving the millions of content creators in Jordan who have found a home for creative expression on our platform," the app said in the statement.

This is TikTok's first public comment regarding the ban, after more than 30 days.

On December 16 last year, the Cybercrime Unit of the Public Security Directorate (PSD) announced TikTok was temporarily suspended in Jordan due to “the platform’s failure to deal with content inciting violence”, and “misuse” during the strike by truck and transportation drivers.

The unit stressed that it monitors posts on social media for hate speech, incitement to vandalism, and assaults on law enforcement personnel and property. It said that the authorities will refer anyone who commits such crimes to the judiciary. 

Despite the suspension, many Jordanians have continued to access TikTokvia virtual private networks (VPNs).

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