Pakistan bans Bigo Live, issues warning to TikTok over adult content
Days after imposing a ban on a popular online game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Monday issued the last warning to TikTok and blocked Bigo Live for showing “inappropriate content” in the country.
Bigo Live is a livestreaming platform where users are able to share live moments with followers. It is owned by a Singapore-based company called BIGO Technology, which was founded in 2014.
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) issued warning notices to the aforementioned social media outlets about the “inappropriate content” and said in notices that indecent content was leaving a negative impact on the society and the youth. The PTA said it was receiving complaints about inappropriate and indecent content on TikTok and Bigo apps. Both companies have been told to operate in Pakistan according law of the land and keep in view Pakistan’s social sensitivities. The PTA said it had reminded the companies about immoral and adult content on these social media platforms, but they did not take satisfactory measures.
Press Release: Number of complaints had been received from different segments of the society against immoral, obscene & vulgar content on social media applications particularly Tik Tok and Bigo, & their extremely negative effects on the society in general & youth in particular. pic.twitter.com/Zow1EuLj4N— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) July 20, 2020