TikTok suspended in Senegal
The decision was taken by the communications minister, and access to TikTok will remain suspended until further notice.
The West African nation of Senegal decided to suspend access to the social media app TikTok, citing concerns that it posed a threat to the country’s stability. The decision was taken by the communications minister, and access to TikTok will remain suspended until further notice.
This move comes in the aftermath of the formal charges against opposition leader Ousmane Sonko, who was accused of inciting rebellion. As a response to the proliferation of hateful messages circulating on social media platforms, the government deemed it necessary to restrict access to TikTok. The government has also previously, on 1 August, restricted access to mobile internet services, using a similar justification.
Why does it matter? It is important to note that this decision by Senegal is not unique. Other countries have also taken measures more or less restrictive to regulate or suspend TikTok due to similar concerns about content, data protection issues and its potential impact on society. However, in contrast to other cases, such as those in the United States or EU, TikTok is being banned here specifically due to its alleged role in inciting riots.