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In response to protests over petrol costs, Jordan bans TikTok

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Jordan – In the midst of violent demonstrations against fuel price increases, Jordan has temporarily banned the popular social media platform TikTok.

The widely used but contentious platform was blocked, according to a statement from the Public Security Directorate, because it was being used “to celebrate hate speech and to incite a riot, damage law enforcement officers and property, and obstruct roadways.”

It stated that “anyone who commits such offenses will be reported to the authorities for prosecution.”

According to the statement, individuals were abusing the TikTok site “to promote films misrepresenting current events.”

Since Dec. 5, truck drivers have been on strike in Jordan to protest rising fuel prices and poor living conditions. Tension is at an all-time high.

In Al-Husseiniya, a town in the south, a Jordanian police officer was shot and killed on Thursday.

Jordan presently ranks fourth in terms of fuel pricing among Arab nations, behind Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine.

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