The recent ban on TikTok in Pakistan has left the netizens divided.
It was a day earlier with Pakistan Telecomunications Authority PTA banned video-sharing app TikTok in the country, over “immoral and indecent” content.
The authority said that the decission was taken in view of “complaints” and the “nature of the content being consistently posted on TikTok”, as PTA issued a “final notice” to the app to take down the content.
The decision has generated mix reactions from the masses, many were deleghted to hear the news, meanwhile, a few others think that banning an App is not the solution to the problems:
My friend left his job to start an ad business on TikTok. He was employing people & making Pakistanis on TikTok money. Today the PTI government because they cannot control content reflecting people's anger at poor governance banned TikTok and destroyed his livelihood #unbantiktok pic.twitter.com/7Qr6y1Xtfy— H U Khan (@Huk06) October 9, 2020
Sure. But the 'cringe app' is also providing income and outreach to a lot of people. And when you're trying to invite tech to Pakistan, having some dinosaur ban an app isn't going to encourage investors. Also no one's forcing anyone to watch or use tik tok. https://t.co/iHUfi2Fc6d— Zarrar Khuhro (@ZarrarKhuhro) October 9, 2020
let them show rape as well in the of freedom of expression. your moral values may not be a valuable things for you but for others it is. Since Tiktok is not ready for content control or filtering what else option you will have. They will not surely give you control over data.— espanein … (@espanein) October 10, 2020
Just struck me that the state was more than happy to let thousands of radical extremists assemble and shout Shia kafir, but it has an issue with kids dancing and having fun so it banned Tiktok.— Ahmer Naqvi (@karachikhatmal) October 10, 2020
What's next – you're going to ban the media from covering the motorway incident so it slowly fades from public consciousness while a full month has passed with no arrests?— Osman Khalid Butt (@aClockworkObi) October 9, 2020
The man who used youth and their social media presence to gain support is banning apps and blocking content.— Javaria (@JavariaWaseem) October 9, 2020
When you ban everything and wonder why no foreign investment is flowing in the country.. #tiktokbaninpakistan— Harris Usmani 🇺🇸 (@harrisusmani964) October 9, 2020
because of insecure people who can't take crticism. Developer a thicker skin instead of just banning things that the population enjoy— Essa Malik (@Yeezus_Chwist) October 9, 2020
I never believed that dictum ke Pakistani youth mein bada talent hai before I discovered TikTok. And I NEVER encountered any fahashi. It was truly people’s social media— Mohammed Hanif (@mohammedhanif) October 9, 2020
The Tik-Tok ban is classist in nature, the application provided a chance to thousands of people across the country to move up the socioeconomic ladder. It is an app that provided them with a source of entertainment and fun, where other sources of entertainment are limited or— Hasan Saeed (@hasansaeed6) October 9, 2020
And then there was a huge que of How it Started and How it Ended messages on the timeline:
how it started: how it ended: pic.twitter.com/Jl7wg8UdXL— Fahad Desmukh (@desmukh) October 9, 2020
How it started. How it ended pic.twitter.com/2Y2hs8Ux7O— Iblees (@Bored_Iblis) October 9, 2020
How it started: How it ended: pic.twitter.com/ywh2dobB74— autumn (@Autie_Radig) October 9, 2020
And finally, there comes the group who are defending the ban, trending with hashtag #1stEthicsThenTiktok
بیہودگی سے پاک ٹک ٹاک پر اعتراض نہیں۔ بہیوگی کے ساتھ ٹک ٹاک کی بحالی نامنظور۔ میڈیا، سوشل میڈیا ذرائع کو استعمال ضرور کریں مگر ذمہ داری سے اور دینی و معاشرتی اقدار کے ساتھ۔ #1stEthicsThenTiktok— Ansar Abbasi (@AnsarAAbbasi) October 10, 2020
#TickTock is not more valueable than our religion #Islam .— Ms. Sumayya GiLL #MissingMother 😭 🇵🇰 (@SumayyaGill1) October 10, 2020
We are supporting the Decision ot @PTAofficialpk and @GovtofPakistan and @ImranKhanPTI to bann @tiktok_us in #Pakistan .#1stEthicsThenTiktok @AnsarAAbbasi pic.twitter.com/GEfxjCFjUC