Immoral content: PTA bans TikTok

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Immoral content: PTA bans TikTok

Monitoring Desk: 

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had imposed a ban on a famous video-sharing app TikTok after receiving complaints about immoral content. People have repeatedly lodged complaints against TikTok for uploading immoral content.

According to the press release, several complaints were made “against immoral/indecent content” that was shared on the app.

PTA said it had earlier issued a notice to TikTok and gave the application “considerable time to respond and comply with” instructions for the development of an effective mechanism for proactive moderation of “unlawful online content”. However, the company “failed to fully comply” with PTA’s instructions after which the authority decided to ban it in the country.

The statement added that PTA “is open for engagement” and would review its decision if TikTok develops a mechanism to moderate the content that is posted on the video-sharing platform.

TikTok has not released a comment on PTA’s announcement so far.

The vide-sharing app, which is owned by China’s ByteDance, has been downloaded almost 39 million times in Pakistan and is the third-most downloaded app over the past year after WhatsApp and Facebook, according to analytics firm Sensor Tower.

The app has been a target of several complaints and court petitions calling for its ban in Pakistan citing “immoral” content. In July, PTA said it had issued a “final warning” to TikTok to remove “obscene and immoral content” on its platform.

Immoral content: PTA bans TikTok

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