Yes, Somalia intends to restrict access to TikTok and Telegram
Somalia’s Minister of Communications and Technology, Jama Hassan Khalif, has issued an order for the country’s internet service providers to block access to social media platforms TikTok and Telegram, along with the gambling site 1xBet. The decision, made in the interest of security and counterterrorism efforts, aims to restrict these services within the country.
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To arrive to this conclusion, the iVerify Network of Fact-Checking Desks has conducted the following process. We discovered a tweet posted on August 21, 2023, on the X account of Jama Hassan Khalif, Somalia’s Minister of Communications and Technology. The tweet was also retweeted by the Ministry, where it was mentioned that efforts are being made to safeguard the ethical behavior of the Somali population while utilizing communication and internet platforms, that have affected the way of life and have increased “bad practices.”
We also came across a statement from the Ministry, which was posted on the official Twitter account of Somali National Television (SNTV News) on August 20, 2023. The statement highlighted that the consistent violations committed by terrorist groups through social media platforms have had an adverse impact on the safety and stability of the society.