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TikTok ban: Pakistan cuts ties with app in latest China snub – ‘Immoral and indecent!’ | World | News

TikTok ban: Pakistan cuts ties with app in latest China snub – ‘Immoral and indecent!’ | World | News

The ban was issued by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority over long-standing issued with content filtering to the app’s young users. TikTok has claimed it follows the “law run markets where the app is offered”. Pakistan is the latest country to ban the app, following neighbouring India and threats from the US.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority issued a statement saying the app had failed to follow the country’s request to monitor unlawful content.

They said they issued the ban over “complaints from different segments of the society against immoral and indecent content on the video-sharing application”

The PTA has said they will remain in discussions with TikTok and owners ByteDance over lifting the ban.

But the authority has warned the app it would only be lifted if a satisfactory mechanism to moderate unlawful content was added to the platform.

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TikTok has responded to the PTA’s ban, and claimed it remains “committed to following the law in markets where the app is offered”.

They added: “We have been in regular communication with the PTA and continue to work with them.

“We are hopeful to reach a conclusion that helps us continue to serve the country’s vibrant and creative online community.”

TikTok reportedly has over 20 million monthly active users in Pakistan, and is the third most downloaded app in the country.

Pakistani TikTok stars and users have urged Mr Khan to revoke the ban.

Hareem Shah urged the PTA ahead of the ban to reconsider blocking access to the app as TikTok already moderates content on its platform.

She said: “TikTok administration removes such content itself. Hence there is no need to place a ban on the video-sharing application.”

Jannat Mirza, in September, also

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This app takes virtual presentations to a whole new creative level

This app takes virtual presentations to a whole new creative level

“Mmhmm” is more than an expression of agreement. Five months ago, it became the new name for a virtual presentation startup. Mmhmm is saying “bye-bye” to boring meetings and presentations and transforming them into a more immersive and showmanship-like experience.

“I’m getting really tired of living all day on video. It’s so easy to feel like an anonymous head in a box, so we made a new app that tries to make this a better experience for everyone,” said Phil Libin, co-founder and CEO of mmhmm. With several cool production features, the video software does help you appear less like Zordon’s floating head in The Power Rangers. Instead, you’re more like an editor in Tony Stark’s lab giving things more dimension.

With Mmhmm, you don’t have to worry about having people choose between looking at you or the slides in your presentation. In the background, you can place a PowerPoint presentation, a live video, and a web browser. So, you can show content “over your shoulder”. You can even use Airplay so you can demo things from your phone.

If you do want to display your presentation in fullscreen, fade transitions allow you to fade out like a Jedi hologram. And, you’re able to fly and shrink your image so you can also get out of the way of the things you are trying to demonstrate. According to Phil, the “dynamic desk” feature is “the best of a movie and a slide deck put together.”

The app can also have more than one presenter. Their Copilot feature lets two people work and present together, even if they aren’t in the same room. All you have to do is send them a link that invites them to be a copilot. The app automatically synchronizes slides for both presenters. So, any

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Jenius eyes expansion to become ‘life finance’ app – Business

Jenius eyes expansion to become ‘life finance’ app – Business

Digital banking platform Jenius, operated by publicly listed Bank BTPN, plans to expand its services as a more holistic financial app to address the changes in consumer behavior caused by the pandemic.

In an Instagram Live session with The Jakarta Post, discussing the topic of boosting productivity through digital banking, Bank BTPN digital banking business product head Waasi B. Sumintardja said the digital bank aimed to provide services that could cater to users’ everyday activities.

From listening to a subscription-based radio streaming platform when getting ready in the morning to using ride-hailing services when going to the office, then paying for lunch at noon to purchasing tickets, all these activities are financial activities, Waasi explained.

“Jenius’ plan ahead is that we want to be present in our users’ every activity without them realizing it. What it means is that it becomes automatic for Jenius to be there,” Waasi said on Thursday. “This is what we call life finance.”

The features are also expected to correspond with the shift in consumer behavior during the pandemic, he added.

“Actually, people are managing their money better during the pandemic,” Waasi went on to say, adding that people tend to save their money and hold off on their expenses.

The pandemic has battered household spending, which accounts for more than half of Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP), as the health crisis continues to hit the economy. Household spending fell by 5.5 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the second quarter this year as the economy shrank by 5.32 percent yoy.

Waasi said that as observed through the Jenius transaction trends, its saving feature, Flexi Saver, is used more often during the pandemic. Prior to that, the majority of Jenius transactions were for its money transfer feature, Send It, and cash withdrawals, Waasi said.  

He added

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Pakistan’s the latest country to ban China-owned app TikTok

Pakistan’s the latest country to ban China-owned app TikTok

Illustration for article titled Pakistan Is Also Doing the Ban TikTok Challenge

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Pakistan officials have announced a ban on TikTok after receiving complaints of unlawful content on the popular short-form video-sharing app. It’s the latest country to block the app after India instituted a similar ban and the U.S. attempted to do the same because of a squabble over who owns TikTok’s American business, which is currently the Beijing-based Bytedance.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said in a statement Friday that it came to the decision after TikTok failed to censor “immoral and indecent” content on its platform, the Associated Press reports. After receiving several complaints and petitions calling for the app to be banned, the authority gave TikTok a final warning in July to meet its guidelines and take down unlawful content (the Muslim-majority country has several media regulations intended to preserve conservative values), which the company purportedly failed to do.

“We have been asking them repeatedly to put in place an effective mechanism for blocking immoral and indecent content,” an official involved in the decision told Reuters.

The ban may not be permanent though; the PTA said in Friday’s statement that it’s “open for engagement” with TikTok and would review its decision should the company beef up its content moderation systems. The dating apps Tinder and Grindr also received bans last month over similar issues.

TikTok has become wildly popular all over the world since it launched outside of China in 2017, and Pakistan is no exception. The app reported 20 million monthly active users there and was the country’s third most downloaded app over the last year after WhatsApp and Facebook, a PTA spokesperson told Reuters.

But over the last year or so several countries have begun to push back against several Chinese owned

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Pakistan bans TikTok app over ‘immoral and indecent content’

Pakistan bans TikTok app over ‘immoral and indecent content’

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.



a close up of a sign: The telecommunication authority kept the door open for a return of TikTok (AP)


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The telecommunication authority kept the door open for a return of TikTok (AP)

In a statement, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said 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.



a hand holding a cellphone: The video-sharing app has been downloaded almost 39 million times in Pakistan (PA)


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The video-sharing app has been downloaded almost 39 million times in Pakistan (PA)

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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