The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has banned the video-sharing app TikTok in the country on Friday, citing “immoral and indecent” content.
The authority has taken the decission in view of “complaints” and the “nature of the content being consistently posted on TikTok”, as PTA issued a “final notice” to the app.
TikTok was given “considerable time” to respond and comply with instructions to effectively moderate “unlawful online content”, said PTA in the statement.
“However, the application failed to fully comply with the instructions, therefore, directions were issued for blocking of TikTok application in the country,” the statement said.
TikTok has been informed that the authority “is open for engagement” and will review its decision if it finds a “satisfactory mechanism” has been employed by the video-sharing app to moderate “unlawful content”.
PTA had earlier said that the app has an obligation “to moderate the socialisation and content within legal and moral limits” as per existing Pakistani laws.
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has issued instructions for blocking of the application. Keeping in view the complaints and nature of the content being consistently posted on TikTok, PTA issued a final notice to the application— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) October 9, 2020