TikTok, one of the most popular applications in recent times, has once again been banned in Pakistan due to its objectionable content. This means that the platform owned by ByteDance was banned for the second time after its 10-day shutdown in October.
TikTok has been a victim of the ban before
Last fall, TikTok was banned in Pakistan for showing “immoral and” inappropriate “videos, however, the app was reactivated after a week and a half when the company assured the Pakistani government that the videos would be monitored in accordance with social and social norms. Pakistani law.
Now, a Supreme Court in the city of Peshawar has ordered the application, which has millions of users in the country, to be banned from complying with the regulations of the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA), the government’s telecommunications regulator. In the decision, “PTA directed service providers to immediately disable access to the TikTok application to respectfully comply with the orders of the Peshawar Supreme Court.”
On the other hand, it is not entirely clear why the legality of TikTok in Pakistan is being questioned and whether a video or trend in the application caused it. According to Al Jazeera news, the company also complained about Qaiser Rashid Khan, the president of the Peshawar Supreme Court, who claimed it contains unacceptable content to the public.
The TikTok front, on the other hand, told The Verge, “TikTok is built on the foundation of creative expression with powerful measures to keep inappropriate content away from the platform. In Pakistan, we have expanded our local language audit team and have the necessary mechanisms to remove content that violates your Community Guidelines. We hope to serve the millions of users and content creators who find a home for creativity and entertainment in Pakistan ”.