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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 after complaints of ‘indecent’ content

Pakistan bans TikTok after complaints of ‘indecent’ content

Pakistan has 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 that owns the video-sharing app, ByteDance Ltd., 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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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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Pakistan bans TikTok for ‘indecent’ content

Pakistan bans TikTok for ‘indecent’ content

LAHORE, Pakistan

The Pakistan telecommunication authority (PTA) has banned the video creator application, TikTok, because of immoral content, an official said Friday.  

“We have received a number of complaints from different segments of the society against immoral and indecent content which is being shared consistently on the social media platform.” PTA spokesperson Khurram Mehran told Anadolu agency. “We gave considerable time to the application managers to respond and comply with the authority’s instructions. However, they have failed to give any response, therefore, directions were issued for blocking the application.”

“However, TikTok has been informed by the Authority that we are open for engagement and will review the decision subject to a satisfactory mechanism by them to moderate unlawful content, as we understand that banning the application is not a permanent solution,” said Mehran.

Federal Information Minister Shibli Faraz said last month that Prime Minister Imran Khan was considering a ban because the app was spreading obscenity contrary to the cultural values of the country. 

Pakistan is now the second Asian country to block the app this year, after India.  

The Asia Internet Coalition, an industry association of leading internet and technology companies, wrote Wednesday to Khan, expressing concerns about the lack of consultation on revised social media rules that have reportedly been submitted to a Cabinet committee for final approval. 

The letter said “the Rules if improperly formulated, would actively harm the business environment in Pakistan and its attractiveness as an investment destination for technology companies.” 

Usama Khilji, head of Bol Bhi, a civil society organization geared toward advocacy and research in digital rights said: “Blocking an entertainment app that is used by millions of people, and is a source of income for thousands of content creators, especially those coming from smaller towns and villages is a travesty to democratic

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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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