Pakistan lifts ban on TikTok

Pakistan lifts ban on TikTok


The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority has lifted Friday the ban on TikTok.

The authority blocked entry to TikTok below provisions of the Prevention of Digital Crimes Act 2016 on July 21. It was the fourth time the app was banned within the nation.

“The motion was taken because of the steady presence of inappropriate content material on the platform and its failure to take such content material down,” the PTA stated in a press assertion.

First ban: October 9, 2020

The video-sharing app was first blocked in Pakistan on October 9, 2020, over its “obscene and immoral” content material. The PTA stated it had issued a closing discover to the app and gave appreciable time to reply and develop and an efficient mechanism for ‘proactive moderation of illegal on-line content material.’ TikTok has failed to completely adjust to the PTA’s directions, a press launch despatched by the authority reads.

The ban was, nevertheless, reversed after 10 days. The PTA spokesperson stated the TikTok administration has assured the authority that it’s going to block all accounts repeatedly concerned in spreading obscenity and immorality and reasonable content material in accordance with native legal guidelines. The authority has not introduced whether or not the app can be unblocked instantly.

The authority had stated on the time of the ban that the choice was made after it obtained complaints ‘in opposition to immoral/indecent content material’ on the app. “In view of the presence of vulgar, indecent/immoral content material on the platform and its unfavorable results on the society, the PTA has been repeatedly asserting TikTok to stop its platform from disseminating the illegal content material,” it stated, including that the app didn’t take concrete steps for blocking and removing of illegal content material.

Second ban: March 11, 2021

The PTA blocked TikTok for the second time on the excessive courtroom’s orders on March 11.

“In respectful compliance to the orders of the Peshawar Excessive Court docket, PTA has issued instructions to service suppliers to right away block entry to the TikTok App,” the PTA stated in a Twitter put up.

The order to dam the app was issued by the PHC over the presence of “immoral content material” on the platform. In his brief order, PHC Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan advised the authorities that the ban shouldn’t be revoked until objectionable content material is eliminated.

A person filed a petition within the excessive courtroom on September 8, 2020. He stated that he approached the courtroom after the PTA and different establishments didn’t take discover of the “immoral and objectionable” content material on the app.

The ban was reversed after three weeks.

Third ban: June 28, 2021

The app was blocked for the third time on orders of the Sindh Excessive Court docket on June 28 over “immoral” and “objectionable” content material. The ban was reversed after 4 days after PTA assured the content material can be monitored.

TikTok has eliminated over six million movies in Pakistan because of nude and sexual content material, from January until March this yr, it introduced.

The precise variety of movies faraway from January until March was 6,495,992. Pakistan is second on the listing behind the US the place 8,540,088 movies have been eliminated.

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