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Pakistan Blocks Chinese-owned TikTok For Failing to Filter Out ‘Immoral, Indecent’ Content

Pakistan Blocks Chinese-owned TikTok For Failing to Filter Out ‘Immoral, Indecent’ Content

Pakistan on Friday announced to block the Chinese-owned social media app TikTok after receiving complaints against “immoral and indecent” content on the video-sharing application. Also Read – Remember Pakistan’s Viral Chaiwala? He is Now Running His Own Cafe in Islamabad | Watch

TikTok failed to fully comply with the instructions for “development of an effective mechanism for proactive moderation of unlawful online content”, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said. Also Read – After Pak’s Nod to Open Kartarpur Corridor, India Says Yet to Take Decision on Reopening on Its Side

PTA added that the step was taken after the authority received a number of complaints from different segments of the society against immoral and indecent content on the video-sharing application. Also Read – Absolutely Horrific! Chinese Vlogger Dies After Being Set on Fire by Ex-Husband During Live Stream, Sparks Outrage

“In view of a number of complaints from different segments of the society against immoral/indecent content on the video-sharing application TikTok, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has issued instructions for blocking of the application,” PTA said in its statement.

“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,” the statement further read.

“The application failed to fully comply with the instructions, therefore, directions were issued for blocking of TikTok application in the country,” the PTA further said.

PTA has also informed TikTok that it is open for engagement

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Pakistan blocks TikTok for failing to filter out ‘immoral’ content

Pakistan blocks TikTok for failing to filter out ‘immoral’ content

Pakistan on Friday decided to block social media App TikTok for failing to filter out “immoral” content.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority blocked the Chinese app TikTok “in view of a number of complaints from different segments of the society against immoral/indecent content on the video-sharing platform”.

“TikTok has been informed that the authority is open for engagement and will review its decision subject to a satisfactory mechanism by TikTok to moderate unlawful content,” said PTA.

The company failed to fully comply with instructions for development of an effective mechanism for proactive moderation of unlawful online content, reported Pakistan’s Geo News on Friday.

In July, Pakistan’s telecommunications regulator issued a “final warning” to the short-form video app over explicit content posted on the platform.

TikTok, owned by China-based ByteDance, has been caught in a firestorm globally due to security and privacy concerns. It has already been blocked in India and it faces scrutiny in countries from Australia to the United States.

TikTok was not immediately reachable for comment on the matter.

The decision was taken after Prime Minister Imran Khan took a keen interest in the issue, an official in Pakistan told Reuters, adding that Khan has directed the telecom authorities to make all efforts to block vulgar content in the conservative Islamic republic.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.

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