On Friday, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) blocked China-based social media application TikTok in the country. The authority cited the failure of the social media app to follow the instructions on the “development of an effective mechanism for proactive moderation of unlawful online content”.
PTA added that it took action as they have received numerous complaints from people over indecent and immoral content shared on the social media app.
In the past few month, Pakistan had issued several warnings to the social media app over the increasing indecent and vulgar content on its platform.
PTA bans Tiktok in Pakistan. Ban everything at once bhai why this takkluf of banning media and social media in bits and pieces. #PakistanBannedTikTok
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In July, it had issued a final warning to the app to clamp down on what it called “immoral, obscene and vulgar” content on the video-sharing platform, or else it would face a ban in the country.
TikTok has become a global sensation with its 15 to 60-second video clips and is hugely popular among young Pakistanis, with some users building up millions of followers.
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has said that it was blocking another app, Bigo, and had received a number of complaints about TikTok over its “extremely negative effects on the society and the youth in particular”.
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Moreover, senior leaders including Prime Minister Imran Khan had also expressed concerns over social media app likes TikTok spreading vulgarity and immorality in society, local media outlet, The News quoted Information Minister, Shibli Faraz as saying last month.
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He said PM Imran Khan had pressed for the regulation and monitoring of the content on these applications. Khan had also ordered for a comprehensive strategy to check the vulgarity spread in the society through mainstream media outlets and its applications. Faraz quoted the premier as saying that obscenity lead to increased sexual offences against women and children in society.