PHC orders restoration of TikTok application

By: News Desk      Published: 11:33 AM, 1 Apr, 2021
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The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday ordered the restoration of TikTok 20 days after it banned the application over the uploading of immoral content, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

In its order, the court directed for reopening the TikTok but also cautioned that indecent material should not be uploaded.

The court directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to take more steps for restricting the uploading of immoral videos on the application.

A number of senior officials including DG PDA, PTA Director Legal, PTA counsel Jahanzeb Mehsud and petitioner’s lawyer Sarah Ali Khan were present in the court.

During the proceedings, PHC Chief Justice Qaisar Rashid Khan asked the PTA officials what action they have taken to stop the uploading of the indecent video.

The court was told that the issue was again raised with the TikTok administration and they have hired a focal person in this regard.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority had on March 11 blocked TikTok after Peshawar High Court ordered the authority to block the social media app over indecent content. 

PTA took to Twitter and wrote, “In respectful compliance to the orders of the Peshawar High Court, PTA has issued directions to the service providers to immediately block access to the TikTok app. During the hearing of a case today, the PHC has ordered for the blocking of App.”

The Peshawar High Court had ordered an immediate ban on the popular social media app TikTok which was owned by Chinese tech giant ByteDance. The ruling was delivered in light of the complaints against immoral and indecent content on the video-sharing platform.

Reporter Azmat Ali Shah