The management of TikTok has responded to the Sindh High Court’s (SHC) decision to ban the video-sharing app in Pakistan, saying that it is constantly working with authorities to review and take action against content which violates the Community Guidelines.
The Sindh High Court (SHC) had ordered to ban TikTok in Pakistan in response to a petition filed by a citizen, who argued that the platform is being used to upload immoral and obscene content. Furthermore, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) was directed to suspend the application across the country until the next hearing, which is scheduled for 8 July.
However, the management of TikTok has responded to the ban implemented in Pakistan. “The creativity and passion of our community has brought joy to households across Pakistan and provided a home for incredibly talented creators,” said TikTok in a statement.
“We have grown our local-language moderation capacity for Pakistan, and work diligently to review and take action on content in violation of our Community Guidelines,” it added.
“We continue to work with regulators, and look forward to serving the millions of TikTok users and creators in Pakistan who have found a home for creativity, fun and vital economic opportunities for many years to come,” concluded TikTok.
TikTok removes more than 6 million videos in Pakistan
In a transparency report released on Wednesday, the company said that it has removed more than 6 million videos from the app in Pakistan during a three month period from January to March.
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,” said the report.
Around 15 per cent of the removed videos were “adult nudity and sexual activities”. A spokesman said the Pakistan-made videos were banned as a result of both user and government requests.