MANILA, Philippines – TikTok Philippines on Wednesday, July 5, confirmed that the ban on Apollo Quiboloy’s TikTok account (Tiktok.com/@pastor_acq) was due to the United States sanctions on the Kingdom of Jesus Christ church and media network SMNI founder.
Representatives for TikTok confirmed via email that current hostile US sanctions are the basis for banning Quiboloy’s account, and was also done in accordance with TikTok’s community guidelines.
The ban follows Google’s June 21 termination of Quiboloy’s YouTube channel, which the company said was also done in compliance with applicable US sanctions laws.
Quiboloy’s TikTok account was found to have been banned by anonymous Twitter user @DuterteWatchdog on July 3, 2023.
The user said he initially reported the account to TikTok, Facebook, and Twitter on June 24, three days after the Davao preacher’s channel on YouTube was banned.
While YouTube and Google are American companies, TikTok is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chinese firm ByteDance.
Quiboloy is indicted in the USA for sex trafficking charges and bulk cash smuggling, among others. A federal warrant for his arrest was issued on November 10, 2021.
While YouTube and its parent company Google, and TikTok have decided to follow US sanctions laws, Facebook and Twitter continue to provide their service to Quiboloy.
With the former hosting an official checkmark-bearing Facebook page with 1.2 million followers, making it Quiboloy’s biggest platform by number of followers. Twitter, which also hosts an official Quiboloy page, has 11,400 followers.
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