Two months on, no end in sight for Jordan’s TikTok ban

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AMMAN — Over two months after TikTok was banned in Jordan for failing “to deal with content inciting violence” and “misuse”, there are no signs of the platform making a return in the near future.اضافة اعلان

In a recent interview with Saraya News, the media spokesperson for the Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship, Shorouq Helal, gave no hint as to whether TikTok would be reactivated soon and simply reiterated that the Public Security Directorate (PSD) is the authority responsible for restoring or continuing the ban on the application.

On December 16 last year, the PSD’s Cybercrime Unit had announced the temporary suspension of the platform in Jordan, stating that it had failed to crack down on “content inciting violence”, hate speech, and calls for vandalism during a strike by truck and transportation drivers.

Minister of Government Communication and Government Spokesperson Faisal Shboul had stated at the time that TikTok had published “a large number of inflammatory videos”.

The ban sparked widespread controversy in Jordan, home to millions of TikTok users — some of whom resorted to virtual private networks (VPNs) to continue accessing the app.

Talks with the authoritiesA month after the suspension was instated, TikTok announced that it had held talks with the Jordanian authorities with the aim of lifting the ban.

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

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