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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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Pakistan bans TikTok for ‘immoral’ content

Pakistan bans TikTok for ‘immoral’ content

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Friday issued instructions to block controversial video-sharing platform TikTok.

In a statement, the PTA said the ban followed a number of complaints about the type of content shared on the app.

“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,” it wrote.

The PTA said after considering the complaints, as well as the nature of the content being “consistently” posted, it issued a final notice to the application.

The watchdog said it gave TikTok considerable time to respond and comply with its instructions for “development of effective mechanism for proactive moderation of unlawful online content”.

“However, the application failed to fully comply with the instructions, therefore, directions were issued for blocking of TikTok application in the country,” it continued.

“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.”

In late August, a video of a man dying by suicide was posted on Facebook. The graphic video spread across other platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube, but it continued to appear on TikTok weeks later as the app struggled to remove the horrific content.

The PTA had at the time asked TikTok to “block the vulgar, indecent, and immoral content for viewership in Pakistan”.

It asked the platform to put in place stronger content monitoring and moderation mechanisms so that unlawful material could not be accessed or viewed within Pakistan.

It also asked similar requests of Youtube, demanding the Facebook-owned site to “block vulgar, indecent, immoral, nude, and hate speech content for viewing in Pakistan”.

“PTA has done so keeping in view the

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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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TikTok: Pakistan bans app over ‘immoral and indecent’ content | World News

TikTok: Pakistan bans app over ‘immoral and indecent’ content | World News

Pakistan has banned the TikTok app for failing to filter out “immoral and indecent” content, regulators have said.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said the ban was due to “complaints from different segments of the society against immoral and indecent content on the video-sharing application”.

TikTok reportedly has 20 million monthly active users in the country.

And it was the third most downloaded app after WhatsApp and Facebook over the last 12 months, according to an analytics firm.

In July, Pakistan issued a final warning to TikTok due to content of a provocative nature.

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The app has already been banned in India

The decision to ban it was said to have been taken after prime minister Imran Khan took a keen interest in the matter.

A Pakistani official said Mr Khan has asked telecommunication authorities to ensure vulgar content was blocked.

TikTok has faced increasing scrutiny as its popularity continues to grow globally.

Governments in Australia and the US have cracked down on the Chinese-owned app, with concerns about privacy and security over its links to Beijing.

Tiktok was banned by India in June, which at the time was its largest market by users. Security concerns were cited as the reason during a border dispute with China.

The PTA has said it is “open for engagement” and would review the ban if TikTok could provide a satisfactory way to moderate unlawful content.

Tiktok, owned by China-based ByteDance, said it is “committed to following the law in markets where the app is offered”.

It 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.”

The company has also long denied that its links

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Pakistan ban TikTok over ‘immoral and indecent content’

Pakistan ban TikTok over ‘immoral and indecent content’



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Tiktok has been banned in Pakistan after it failed to filter out “immoral and indecent” content, the country’s telecom regulator said.

The move is another blow to the social media app which has come under increasing scrutiny as its popularity has surged across the globe .

The block comes following “complaints from different segments of the society against immoral and indecent content on the video-sharing application,” the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said.

The decision would be reviewed subject to a satisfactory mechanism by TikTok to moderate unlawful content.



a hand holding a cellphone: The telecommunication authority said TikTok need to introduce more filters(AP)


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The telecommunication authority said TikTok need to introduce more filters(AP)

TikTok, owned by China-based ByteDance, has become hugely popular in a short period of time by encouraging users to post brief videos.

Its quick rise has caught it in a firestorm, with a number of countries raising security and privacy concerns over its alleged links to the Chinese state.

In June the app was blocked in India, which at the time had more TikTok users than anywhere in the world. Indian officials cited national security concerns in light of an ongoing border dispute with China.

TikTok also faces the threat of being barred in the United States, and scrutiny in other countries including Australia.

TikTok has long denied that its links to China pose a security concern in other countries and said it was “committed to following the law in markets where the app is offered”.

“We have been in regular communication with the PTA and continue to work with them,” a spokesman said.

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

Three Pakistani officials said on Friday that a ban on the app in Pakistan was imminent.

“We have

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