Tiktok ban is not just about tiktok. This ban is an attack against democracy similar to what gyanedra shah did
Tiktok is the most popular social media platform in nepal. Not even facebook comes close. It has reached places where neither the government nor roads have reached. People from a remote village of darchula could make videos about how they haven’t got relief aids or a random person could leak audio tape of arjoo deuba and get it viral or a random person in mustang could show the world what it’s like to live there and all. And let’s not forget countless small businesses for which tiktok was the source of online marketing. It was also taking citizen journalism to its new height. 10 taaukeys in mantrimandal shouldn’t be able to shut voices of millions or decide what’s right and what’s wrong especially if somebody is making a livelihood out of it.
Let’s not forget that no democratic nation in the world except india has banned this app. And they had to wait for Chinese-Indian army border clash. But the reason nepal government has tried to ban is stating hate speech and vulgarity. These reasons can be extended to every social media platform. This opens the door for banning whatever social media platform they like. This is how democracies fail. Gyanendra shah too first went for press and slowly shut every media. Now prachanda could do the same thing saying our democracy is under attack from monarchs. There is a quote “First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.”