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Pakistan has now banned TikTok for ‘immoral’ and ‘indecent’ content

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Source: Dan Thorp-Lancaster / Android Central

TikTok is another Chinese-affiliated tech name that’s not having a very good year. The app has been banned from India, is facing off a ban in the U.S., and now it’s been kicked out of Pakistan as well.

The Pakistani Telecommunication Authority issued the following statement on Twitter, announcing the ban:

In view of a number of complaints from different segments of the society against immoral/indecent content on the video sharing application TikTok, 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 and gave considerable time to respond and comply with the Authority instructions for development of effective mechanism for proactive moderation of unlawful online content.

However, the application failed to fully comply with the instructions, therefore, directions were issued for blocking of TikTok application in the country. However, the application failed to fully comply with the instructions, therefore, directions were issued for blocking of TikTok application in the country.

At the time when the final warning was issued in March, the company had said that it was focused on creating a positive and safe environment (via Geo.tv), adding that it deployed “a combination of technologies, and moderation strategies to detect and review problematic content that violates our terms of use and comprehensive Community Guidelines, and implement appropriate penalties including removing videos and banning accounts.” It also said that it had removed more than 4 million videos in violation of Pakistani rules between July 1 and December 31, 2019, at the time.

In a statement to Engadget, TikTok said:

We believe feeling safe helps people feel comfortable expressing themselves openly and allows creativity to flourish.[We have] robust protections in place to support a safe and welcoming platform for our community, including moderation, clear Community Guidelines, and easy mechanisms to report content for review.

We are hopeful to reach a conclusion that helps us continue to serve the country’s vibrant and creative online community.

Until that resolution is reached, the app will remain banned in Pakistan.

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