Nepal govt issues ultimatum to ISPs for TikTok ban compliance

KathmanduL: The Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has mandated internet service providers (ISPs) to confirm their adherence to the government’s decision to ban TikTok, a social media app.

In a notice released following the Cabinet meeting on November 13, the NTA warned ISPs that failure to respond within 24 hours could result in the cancellation of their licenses.

According to Surya Prasad Lamichhane, NTA Deputy Director and Information Officer, a previous notice seeking information on TikTok ban implementation received no updates.

The government officially decided to ban TikTok on November 13, citing its negative impact on social harmony.

The NTA named ISPs permitted to operate internet services (including email) and urged compliance with the TikTok ban directive. If no response is received within 24 hours, the NTA will initiate legal proceedings under the Telecommunications Act, 2053, including possible license revocation.

This move amplifies government efforts to enforce the TikTok ban, signaling stringent actions against non-compliance by ISPs.