The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has banned TikTok in Pakistan over failure of the app’s management to remove “inappropriate content” from the video-sharing platform.
“In the light of relevant provisions of Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016, PTA has blocked access to TikTok App and website in the country.” said Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in a tweet on Wednesday. “The action has been taken due to continuous presence of inappropriate content on the platform and its failure to take such content down.”
The action has been taken due to continuous presence of inappropriate content on the platform and its failure to take such content down.
TikTok has been banned in Pakistan several times during the last year over immoral and vulgar content being uploaded on the video-sharing application.
In June, the Sindh High Court placed a ban on TikTok in Pakistan for spreading immorality and obscenity but the court ended up withdrawing its decision after three days while ordering PTA to make a decision on the matter.
It is pertinent to mention that TikTok released a transparency report for Pakistan which said that the app’s management removed more than six million videos during the months of January to March of 2021.
“In the Pakistani market, TikTok removed 6,495,992 videos making it the second market to get the most videos removed after the USA, where 8,540,088 videos were removed,” the report said.
A spokesman said the Pakistan-made videos were banned as a result of both user and government requests.