Iraq Authorities Threaten to ban TikTok

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May 20, 2024

On March 24, Minister of Communications Hiyam Al Yasiri announced she submitted a request to the Iraqi Council of Ministers to ban TikTok. Al Yasiri accused the app of “dismantling the fabric of Iraqi society and bringing no scientific or educational benefits,” and that it is “merely an entertainment application.”

Figures from the Digital Media Center, an Iraqi NGO that follows and monitors digital news, show that the number of TikTok users in Iraq reached 31.95 million in 2024, compared to 23.88 million in 2023. This number means that around 75% of Iraqis use TikTok, a percentage higher than any other social media platform, knowing that the total population in the country is around 43 million.