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Somalia orders ban on TikTok, Telegram


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Somalia’s authorities introduced Sunday a ban on social media platforms TikTok and Telegram and a web-based betting app, saying they had been being utilized by “terrorists” to unfold propaganda.

The transfer comes forward of a a lot anticipated second section of a navy offensive in opposition to Al-Shabaab, the Islamist militant group that has been waging a bloody insurgency in opposition to the central authorities in Mogadishu for greater than 15 years.

In an announcement, the ministry of communications and know-how ordered web service suppliers to implement the ban by August 24 or face unspecified authorized motion.

“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.”

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The military has been waging an offensive in opposition to the Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Shabaab in central Somalia since August final 12 months, becoming a member of forces with native clan militias in an operation backed by African Union troops and US air strikes.

Al-Shabaab fighters had been pushed from the capital Mogadishu in 2011 however nonetheless management swathes of countryside and proceed to wage lethal strikes on civilian, political and navy targets regardless of the federal government offensive.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has vowed to rid the troubled Horn of Africa nation of the jihadists and is predicted to announce shortly a second section of the offensive in opposition to them in southern Somalia.

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