Social networking giant Viber officially listed in Nepal following regulatory directive

KATHMANDU: In a significant development, the popular social networking application Viber has been officially listed in Nepal, marking a milestone in the regulation of social networks in the country.

The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology has confirmed the listing of Viber in Nepal, making it the first time the app has been formally recognized in accordance with the ‘Directive 2080 on Regulating the Use of Social Networks’. This directive was crafted to streamline and regulate the use of social networks within the country.

According to Netra Prasad Subedi, the spokesperson for the ministry, Viber successfully completed the entire listing process as per the prescribed guidelines. This move comes after extensive scrutiny and adherence to regulatory procedures mandated by the directive.

Subedi further revealed that following Viber’s listing, LinkedIn is also in the pipeline for official recognition. While the application for listing was submitted some time ago, the necessary documentation is still being prepared for formal approval.

Moreover, preparations are underway to initiate the listing process for Snapchat, another prominent social media platform, according to Spokesperson Subedi.

The ‘Directive 2080 on Regulating the Use of Social Networks’ explicitly states that any social media platform operating in Nepal must undergo the listing process. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the prohibition of unlisted social media platforms from operating within Nepal’s borders.

However, Subedi highlighted that certain major social media companies have expressed objections to the listing process. To address these concerns, ongoing discussions and explanations are being undertaken to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the regulatory framework and its implications.

The listing of Viber in Nepal signifies a significant step towards ensuring transparency and accountability in the operation of social networking platforms within the country.

It underscores the government’s commitment to fostering a regulated digital environment while upholding the rights and interests of users and stakeholders alike.

Fiscal Nepal |
Friday March 15, 2024, 11:38:34 AM |

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