TikTok has been banned by Pakistan’s telecommunications regulator from hosting “immoral” and “inappropriate” videos. Pakistan’s Telecommunications Administration banned matchmaker apps Tinder and Grindr a month ago for the same reasons.
According to data from the research firm Sensor Tower, total downloads from TikTok in Pakistan have reached 43 million. This makes TikTok the 12th most popular app in Pakistan in terms of the number of installations. The total number of downloads from TikTok on the App Store and Google Play is approximately 2.2 billion.
TikTok was banned by India a few months ago on the grounds of Chinese origin. The United States has tried to ban TikTok for a similar reason. Although this initiative was suspended due to a court decision, new restrictions will take effect from mid-November.
TikTok remains a cultural phenomenon, despite pressure from regulatory agencies around the world. However, it has to be said that the bans and possible bans that could be imposed in the future threaten the growth of TikTok.
Pakistani officials stated that TikTok had been given enough time to address concerns, but the social network was unable to do so. According to TikTok’s latest transparency report, Pakistan has requested that TikTok limit access to 40 accounts in the first half of 2020. TikTok only fulfilled two of these requests.
TikTok sent a statement to The Verge’s site regarding Pakistan’s ban decision. The statement stressed that robust action had been taken and issues resolved and the intention was to re-meet users in Pakistan.