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Fawad Chaudhry urges authorities ‘be careful’ while banning apps like TikTok

Fawad Chaudhry's statement came in response to the decision of the Peshawar High Court to uplift the ban from TikTok imposed three weeks earlier in March. According to Fawad Chaudhry, such decisions can have economic implications for Pakistan.

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Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry, had asked the authorities to be careful in imposing a ban on applications like TikTok on Thursday.

His statement came in response to the decision of the Peshawar High Court to uplift the ban from TikTok imposed three weeks earlier in March. In his statement, he added that there are economic implications of such decisions which should be considered before placing a ban.

He advised preparing a framework that should encourage international companies to invest in Pakistan in a tweet.

“Pesh HC has suspended the operation of single bench judgment, ban on @TikTok_Paki has been lifted, my submission is let’s be very careful while taking decisions that may affect Economic future of Pak, we need a framework to encourage int companies so to make Pak their investment hub,” said Fawad Chaudhry on Twitter.

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Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday lifted the ban from the social media application, TikTok but directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to regulate the content and remove any objectionable content from the video-sharing application.

The court also asked PTA to ensure no objectionable content is uploaded on the application. The court also directed PTA Director General Tariq Gandapur to submit a detailed report in the next hearing scheduled for May 25.

PHC Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid asked the PTA director-general to elaborate the plan and actions taken by the regulator.

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Director-General informed that PTA had taken up the issue with the company again adding that the social media app had hired a focal person for content policy who will monitor all objectionable and illegal content uploaded to the platform.

“You should have a system in place to differentiate between good and bad content,” the judge remarked. He added that strong actions by PTA will deter people from uploading such content on the platform.

In the last hearing, the telecom regulator had informed that it had permanently blocked access to 500,000 objectionable content videos on TikTok.