Pakistan bans TikTok

By: News Desk      Published: 03:56 PM, 9 Oct, 2020
Pakistan bans TikTok

Pakistan has decided to shut down TikTok after the app administration ignored its pleas for removing objectionable and inappropriate material, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

According to the TV channel, the decision to ban the TikTok was implemented on Friday.

According to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the app administration did not pay any heed to its requests. 

In July last, the PTA had issued a final warning to China-owned short-form mobile video platform TikTok and blocked live-streaming application Bigo over complaints of "immoral, obscene and vulgar content" and "extremely negative effects".

The PTA said it had received a "number of complaints ... from different segments of the society against immoral, obscene and vulgar content on social media applications particularly Tik Tok and Bigo".

The complaints, the regulatory body added, also included the apps' "extremely negative effects on the society in general and youth in particular".

The "PTA had issued necessary notices to the aforementioned social media companies under law to moderate the socialization and content within legal and moral limits, in accordance with the laws of the country," the PTA added, noting that responses from the social media giants "has not been satisfactory".

Citing its powers under the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA), 2016, it said it had immediately blocked Bigo and was issuing a "final warning to TikTok to put in place a comprehensive mechanism to control obscenity, vulgarity and immorality through its social media application".