On a smartphone, the logo of the TikTok platform is displayed in Berlin on September 22, 2023.
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Nepal has decided to ban TikTok because the popular short video app was disrupting social structures in the South Asian nation, government officials say.

A number of countries have placed restrictions on the use of Tiktok, which is owned by Chinese tech giant Bytedance and has more than one billion monthly active users, while India has banned it altogether.

“Considering how TikTok is disrupting our social harmony, and the impact it’s having on our family and social structures, the cabinet has decided to ban TikTok for the moment,” Rekha Sharma, Nepal’s minister of communication and information technology, told a press conference on Monday.

CNN has reached out to TikTok for comment.

On Tuesday, Nepali Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal defended the decision at an event in city of Bhaktapur.

“After a long discussion on how to control the tendency to spread disharmony, disorder, and chaos in the society … a consensus was reached among all political parties, including both the ruling party and the opposition,” he said.

Purushottam Khanal, chair of the Telecommunications Authority, has asked internet service providers to cut access to the app, the country’s state-run Nepal Television said in a Monday report.

WorldLink Communications, which bills itself as the largest internet service provider in the country, has complied with the order and other providers are expected to follow soon, the report added.

Reuters reported, citing local media, that more than 1,600 TikTok-related cyber crime cases had been registered over the last four years in Nepal, contributing to “rising demand” to control the app.

The ban comes more than three years after India blocked Tiktok and several other well-known Chinese apps, saying they posed a “threat to sovereignty and integrity.” At the time, TikTok had an estimated 120 million users in the country, one of the app’s biggest markets.

The United States and its Five Eyes intelligence alliance partners — Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand — have placed restrictions on the use of TikTok on devices issued to government workers.

In February, the White House told federal agencies that they had 30 days to remove TikTok from all government-issued devices. Australia announced in April that the app would have to be removed from federal government devices.