ISLAMABAD: The short video sharing app TikTok has issued a response to a final ban warning by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to monitor and regulate the content on the app available in Pakistan.
TikTok in its response stated that it was the top most priority of the company to maintain a safe and positive experience for users on its platform.
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had issued a warning to the video sharing app TikTok about the obscene and vulgar content being shared and visible and asked the company to make sure such content is moderated according to the country’s laws and regulations.
TikTok confirmed that it had removed 3.7 million videos from 1 July to 31 December 2020 which were in violation of the regulations from Pakistan and the app continues to work on making sure that such content is removed before it even gets views.
According to the company’s statement which said:
The statement by TikTok as response to PTA further mentions:
Based on our H2 2019 data (July 1 – December 31, 2019) from our Transparency Report, our moderation system proactively caught and removed 98.2% of videos before a user reported them; of the total videos removed, 89.4% were taken down before these videos received any views.
The company is willing to further work with authorities to ensure the safety of users on its platform. Earlier PTA had banned Bigo in Pakistan over complaints of inappropriate and vulgar content available on the app.
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