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Pakistan bans Chinese app TikTok over unlawful content

Pakistan bans Chinese app TikTok over unlawful content

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan blocked the Chinese social media app TikTok, saying the company failed to fully comply with the instructions to develop an effective mechanism to control unlawful content.

In a statement, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said Friday that it took the step after receiving complaints against “immoral and indecent” content on the video-sharing platform.

The PTA said that keeping in view the complaints and nature of the content being consistently posted on TikTok, the company was issued a final notice and given considerable time to respond and comply with instructions and guidelines.

But TikTok “failed to fully comply with PTA’s instructions,” after which the authority decided to ban it in Pakistan.

Shortly after the ban, the app began to show a blank interface with no text or images loading.

Pakistan has close relations with China.

The telecommunication authority kept the door open for a return of TikTok, saying “it is open for engagement” and would review its decision if TikTok develops a mechanism to moderate the content.

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

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

The app was earlier banned by India and the United States for violating guidelines.

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TikTok Banned in Pakistan For ‘Immoral, Unlawful Online Content’

TikTok Banned in Pakistan For ‘Immoral, Unlawful Online Content’

Islamabad, October 9: The Pakistan government on Friday reportedly banned Chinese video-sharing app TikTok. According to reports of local media, the ban was imposed by Pakistan’s Telecommunication Authority (PTA). The action was taken by the PTA against TikTok after the company failed to fully comply with instructions for “development of an effective mechanism for proactive moderation of unlawful online content”.

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The telecommunications regulatory body of Pakistan had sent a final notice” to the Chinese video-sharing app in July. In the notice, TikTok was asked put in place a comprehensive mechanism to control obscenity, vulgarity, and immorality. TikTok is owned by ByteDance. TikTok, UC Browser Among 59 Chinese Apps Banned by Govt of India Amid Row With China, See Full List.

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Keeping in view the complaints and nature of the content being consistently posted on TikTok, PTA issued a final notice to the application and gave considerable time to respond and comply with the Authority instructions for the development of an effective mechanism for proactive moderation of unlawful online content,” reported Pakistan’s Geo News quoting excerpts from the statement issued by PTA.

Earlier this year, the Pakistani government also banned several platforms and games, including, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). The government claimed that PUBG was addictive and dangerous for the mental health of young people.

In June this year, India banned 59 Chinese mobile apps in India, including TikTok, WeChat and UC Browser and Xiaomi’s Mi Community over national security concerns. In September, the Donald Trump administration in the United States also issued an order banning TikTok.

However, US District Court for the District of Columbia

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Implementation begins of new rules to control unlawful social media content

Implementation begins of new rules to control unlawful social media content

–Cabinet ratified rules to remove or block unlawful social media content

ISLAMABAD: Following the approval of Cabinet Committee for Disposal of Legislative Cases (CCLC), the federal cabinet has ratified newly drafted rules to counter the flow of illegal, blasphemous, obscene or defamatory content on social media.

According to sources, the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications after consulting concerned stakeholders had drafted Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Content (Procedure, Oversight and Safeguards) Rules, 2020 to counter the flow of illegal, blasphemous, obscene or defamatory content on social media and forwarded these new rules to CCLC for approval. Later, the CCLC approved these rules and the federal cabinet has recently granted its necessary ratification for implementation.

“After the ratification of cabinet, all service providers are now bound under new rules to remove or block unlawful social media content,” said sources.

They added that the government will now be able to control unbridled social media with the implementation of new rules.

According to documents, under the new rules, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) will not restrict or disrupt the flow or dissemination of any online content except in the case of removing and blocking access to online content which goes against the interest of Islam, integrity, security and defence of Pakistan, public order, public health, public safety, decency and morality. It would also remove or block content that constitutes as an offence under different sections of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), 1860 or of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CCP), 1898.

Any social media company or service provider would be obligated to publish the community guidelines for usage of any online system, and such guidelines should inform the user not to host, display, upload, modify, publish, transmit, update or share any online content that belongs to another person; to which one does not

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