A Look at Countries That Have Banned or Restricted Access to TikTok as the App’s Future in the US Remains Uncertain

On Wednesday, Joe Biden signed into law a bill that could lead to banning TikTok in the U.S. within a year if ByteDance, the app’s Chinese-owned parent company, does not sell it. Lawmakers are increasingly worried that the app could pose national security concerns to the U.S. if the Chinese government were to access data collected by the app.

TikTok’s CEO, Shou Zi Chew, spoke in front of Congress in January of this year, defending the platform’s position. “We have not been asked for any data by the Chinese government and we have never provided,” he said.

Nevertheless, despite the CEO’s assurances, many governments around the world remain unconvinced, and have instituted their own TikTok bans and restrictions.

Here are all the countries that have banned or partially banned the app:


The Taliban government banned TikTok, saying that the application was “misleading youths.”


Armenia reportedly temporarily banned TikTok during border clashes with Azerbaijan in September 2022.


TikTok was banned in April 2023, but is still allowed on devices belonging to the general public.


Austria has banned TikTok from all government employee devices.


Azerbaijan banned TikTok during border clashes with Armenia in September 2022. The application was blocked again one year later due to “anti-terrorist measures.” It was restored again.


In August 2021, the government ordered the removal of TikTok and several other apps from the country’s app store in order to “save children and adolescents from moral and social degradation.” The application returned, providing its content moderation was in line with Bangladesh’s cultural sensibilities.


In March 2024, the Belgian government announced that it was banning TikTok. “The safety of our information must prevail,” said Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo. TikTok is still available on non-government affiliated devices.


Canada banned TikTok from all government-issued mobile devices in February 2023. “I suspect that as the government takes the significant step of telling all federal employees that they can no longer use TikTok on their work phones, many Canadians from business to private individuals will reflect on the security of their own data and perhaps make choices,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.


China itself does not permit the international version of TikTok to be used on the mainland. Instead, users must download Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok which is regulated by the government.


Denmark’s Ministry of Defense banned TikTok in March 2023. The country’s main public service broadcaster also instituted special protocols that mean employees are advised against using TikTok for reporting purposes following a warning from Denmark’s Center for Cybersecurity.


TikTok was banned in Estonia in March 2023.

European Union

The three main institutions that make up the E.U.–the European Parliament, European Commission and the E.U. Council–have all banned TikTok from employees’ work phones. Employees are also advised to avoid using personal devices for work purposes.


France banned social media apps from government employees’ phones including Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok as of March 2023.


India is one of a handful of countries that has outright banned TikTok, including on citizens’ personal devices. The ban was implemented in July 2020 after a border clash between China and India left 20 Indian soldiers dead. The two countries have had an ongoing centuries over their border that occasionally turns violent. In the aftermath of the 2020 border clash, some Indians called for a boycott of Chinese goods, and India’s information technology ministry put out a statement claiming that certain mobile applications were “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data.” After the ban, ByteDance lost access to one of its largest markets.


Indonesia banned Tokopedia, a portion of the application that allows creators to sell products to their audiences, in October 2023 for violating the country’s e–commerce laws.


The Islamic Republic banned apps including TikTok and Facebook.


TikTok was banned in Ireland in April 2023.


TikTok has been banned in Jordan, after a police officer was killed during a protest and videos of the event flooded social media.


The small, formerly Soviet country banned TikTok, arguing that the application was harmful to the development of children.


The app is banned as of March 2023.


Tiktok is banned along with all other non-government applications in Malta.

The Netherlands

The Dutch government banned the app from employees’ work phones in March 2023. The relationship between Amsterdam and Beijing has soured in the last year after a Dutch intelligence agency called China “the biggest threat to the Dutch economic security,” according to reports.


Nepal banned TikTok for all its citizens in November 2023, saying the app was “detrimental to social harmony.”

New Zealand

Lawmakers and parliament employees in New Zealand were prohibited from having TikTok on their work phones as of March 2024. However, exceptions can be made if a lawmaker believes TikTok is necessary for their democratic duties, according to reports. The ban does not apply to employees in other branches of the government.

North Korea

North Korea banned TikTok. A few websites and apps are permitted for the privileged elite to visit, but TikTok is not among them.


The Norwegian parliament banned TikTok from employees’ work devices in March 2023. Municipal employees in the cities of Oslo and Bergen have also been encouraged to remove the app from their devices. “Norwegian intelligence services single out Russia and China as the main risk factors for Norway’s security interests,” said Justice Minister Emilie Enger Mehl in a statement, according to reports.


Pakistan has banned TikTok temporarily at least four times. However, TikTok returned each time and has reportedly been available in the country since then.


Currently, Russians are restricted in terms of what they can view on TikTok. This month, it has been reported that the Russian government plans to ban TikTok in order to encourage citizens to use domestic social media platforms, instead.


Senegal instituted restrictions in August after an opposition candidate was accused of using the platform to spread “hateful and subversive messages.” The government of Senegal has refused to reinstate the app unless a mechanism is developed that allows the government to remove specific accounts.


In August 2023, the Somali government announced that it was banning TikTok, Telegram, and the online betting website 1XBet. Minister of Communications Jama Hassan Khalif said that the apps were used for dangerous propaganda. “The Minister of Communications orders internet companies to stop the aforementioned applications, which terrorists and immoral groups use to spread constant horrible propaganda,” he said.