Somalia’s Ministry of Communication and Technology has asked internet service to ban social media platforms such as Tiktok, Telegram and 1Xbet for security purposes.
Somalia’s government aims to combat terrorism and to alter the negative effects that the internet has had on today’s society, which has led to instability.
The statement reads “In a bid to accelerate the war and elimination of the terrorists who have shed the blood of the Somali people, the minister of communication and technology instructs companies that provide Internet services to suspend TikTok, Telegram, and 1XBET betting applications, which terrorists and groups responsible for spreading immorality use to spread graphic clips, photos and mislead society”.
While giving the announcement on Sunday, August 20th, 2023, Minister Jama Hassan Khalif stated that any failure to respect the follow will attract legal measures.
The ban is expected to be effectively followed from August 24, 2023.
It is believed that members of the Islamist militant group, Al – Shabaab often use these internet platforms to propel terror and propaganda against the Somalian central government.
The Somalian government has been fighting attacks from the Islamic group Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Shabaab since 2006 and are determined to get rid of them.
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