Published: 2023-01-20 18:23
Last Updated: 2023-02-07 08:54
TikTok will remain banned in Jordan unless the platform starts adhering to all regulations and laws, the head of the Cybercrime Unit at the Public Security Directorate Abd al-Hadi al-Tahat said Friday.
Tahat told the MBC that the suspension of the platform came after legal violations and misuse.
TikTok issued a statement Monday that it had held talks with the Jordanian authorities with the aim of lifting the ban imposed on it.
This came a month after some circulated videos containing false information during the protests that took place in the Kingdom last month.
"We have full faith that through our ongoing conversations with the authorities, we can reach a decision that would allow TikTok to continue serving the millions of content creators in Jordan who have found a home for creative expression on our platform," the app said in a statement.
The statement pointed out that millions in Jordan use TikTok.
The statement noted that "310,724 videos were deleted from different accounts in Jordan."
On Dec. 16, 2022, TikTok was temporarily suspended in Jordan, the Cybercrime Unit announced.
The Cybercrime Unit announced that the decision to suspend TikTok came after some users posted videos aimed at spreading false news and acts of violence.
During a partial transport sector strike that took place in December 2022, many violent videos taken in other countries were published on TikTok where users made it seem as though the videos were taken in Jordan during the strike.
The unit stressed that the cybercrime teams were following up on what was being published and circulated on social media, especially with regard to hate speech, incitement to vandalism, assaults on law enforcement agencies, property, and road blocking.
They explained in a statement that the competent authorities will refer anyone who commits such crimes to the judiciary.
The Cybercrime Unit noted that its teams have always been monitoring the content shared on different social media platforms, especially those linked to hate speech, incitement to vandalism, assaults on law enforcement agencies, property, and road blocking.
They released a statement warning citizens that the competent authorities will refer anyone who commits such crimes to the judiciary.
Following the government's decision, local TikTok users said they were no longer interested in the official suspension being lifted as, thanks to Virtual Private Network applications (VPN), they can watch and share videos despite the ban.
On Jan. 10, official sources told Roya that the authorities are currently still negotiating legal and technical aspects before reinstating the app in Jordan.
A source close to the negotiatians said that Jordan expressed its displeasure with some videos that were published on TikTok.