Islamabad: The Government of Pakistan has decided to ban Chinese lip-synching and video-sharing app TikTok after the app’s management ignored pleas for removing the objectionable content. The decision to ban the app was implemented on Friday.
The app TikTok has been appeared as the most downloaded social media app across the world in the month of August despite being banned in different countries.
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said that the app administration had not paid any heed to its requests regarding the removal of inappropriate content.
“However, the application failed to fully comply with the instructions, therefore, directions were issued for blocking of TikTok application in the country,” stated a press statement issued by PTA.
It is worth mentioning that while expressing grave concerns the Prime Minister Imran Khan had said that TikTok was spreading vulgarity and obscenity in Pakistan and directed all the officials concerned to look into the matter before such apps destroy social and religious values of Pakistani society.
PTA in July had issued a final warning to TikTok while the regulatory authority also blocked live-streaming application Bigo after it received hundreds of complaints of immoral and obscene content leaving extremely negative effects on Pakistani youth.
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The regulatory body had issued necessary notices to the aforementioned social media platforms to moderate the content following the country’s laws.
It also found the responses from these platforms unsatisfactory. Like Bigo, TikTok has also been banned under the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA), 2016.
It is pertinent to mention here that the world’s famous video sharing Chinese app Tiktok removed over 6.4 million video contents from Pakistan on violation of community guidelines, according to the app’s transparency report of the first half of the year 2020.
The TikTok received 4 legal requests against the content by the government, while a total of 40 new accounts specified for verification as to whether they are following community guidelines. Likewise, the TikTok administration removed or restricted 2 accounts. According to a transparency report, a total of 104,543,719 videos are removed globally for violating our Community Guidelines or Terms of Service in the first half-year of 2020.
Daughter of former President Asif Ali Zardari, an arch political rival, Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari took to twitter and criticized the government stating, “the world is digitalising due to ongoing #pandemic with no end in sight but Imran Khan is banning #TikTok .
She stated that TikTok was not the reason for obscenity in the country rather immorality was embedded in a sexist society.
Amnesty International South Asia also issued its statement terming the ban on TikTok a denial of fundamental right of expression.