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PTA blocks 28.9 million obscene videos on TikTok

PHC in its written notice stated that the obscene content on the platform is affecting the youngsters. It has been brought to their knowledge that action has been taken against such material on the platform.

According to the latest reports, PTA has blocked 28.9 million obscene videos and over 1.456 million accounts have been blocked for uploading such content.

The details emerged in a written verdict released by Peshawar High Court where Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had submitted the report regarding the action against obscene videos on the platform.

PHC in its written notice stated that the obscene content on the platform is affecting the youngsters. It has been brought to their knowledge that action needs to be taken against such material on the platform. The order added that those sharing the content avoided action against them and are involved in re-sharing such content over the lack of accountability of their acts.

The court also advised PTA to devise a mechanism so that those involved in sharing the obscene video must be blocked from the platform. PHC praised the efforts taken by PTA to take action against obscene videos on the platform.

TikTok blocks 400,000 accounts

Last year, video-sharing application TikTok had blocked up to 8 million objectionable videos and blocked 400,000 accounts for uploading these in the country, informed PTA to Peshawar High Court in the latest hearing.

Counsel for Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Jehanzeb Mehsud and its director technical told Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan and Justice Syed Arshad Ali that the application had raised the moderator from 116 to 476 in the country to monitor the objectionable and indecent content on the platform.

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In November, Pakistan’s Telecom regulator lifted a ban on TikTok on Friday after assurances by the platform to control “immoral and unlawful” content.

 

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said it decided to lift the ban on the Chinese video-sharing app after “continuous” engagement with TikTok management.

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“As a result of continuous engagement, senior management of the platform assured PTA of its commitment to take necessary measures to control unlawful content in accordance with local laws and societal norms,” it said in a statement. “PTA will continue to monitor the platform in order to ensure that unlawful content contrary to Pakistan’s law and societal values is not disseminated.”