KATHMANDU, Nepal — The Nepalese government has decided to ban the popular tiktok social media app on Monday, saying it was disrupting “social harmony” in the country.

The announcement was made after a Cabinet meeting. Foreign Minister Narayan Prakash Saud said the app would be banned immediately.

«The government decided to ban TikTok because there was a need to regulate the use of the social media platform that was disrupting social harmony, goodwill and the flow of indecent materials,» Saud said.

He said that to hold social media platforms accountable, the government has asked companies to register and open a liaison office in Nepal, pay taxes and respect the country’s laws and regulations.

It was unclear what prompted the ban or whether TikTok had refused to comply with Nepal’s requests. The company did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

TikTok, owned by China’s ByteDance, has faced scrutiny in several countries due to concerns that Beijing could use the app to collect user data or promote its interests. Countries included the United StatesBritain and New Zealand banned the app on government phones even though TikTok repeatedly denied sharing data with the Chinese government and would not do so if asked.

Nepal banned all porn sites in 2018.