PTA (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has banned TikTok in Pakistan after receiving many complaints about the highly popular app. Several complaints were issued as the video shared on the app contained immoral and indecent content. PTA said that they have issued final notice to the TikTok and gave them time to comply with the instruction to prohibit the unlawful and indecent content on the app. The company did not fulfill the instructions mentioned by PTA which resulted in the ban of the app in the country.
It was also added that the PTA will end the ban in Pakistan if the company develops a mechanism to moderate all its content that is shared on the app. There is no comment still on PTA’s announcement.
A criticism move was taken by Bakhtawar B-Zardari, she said in her tweet that “Immoral content is not on tiktok, it’s embedded in our sexist society.
TikTok is owned by China’s ByteDance. It has been downloaded for almost 39 Million times in Pakistan. According to Firm Sensor tower analytics, it is third most downloaded app over the past year after Whatsapp and Facebook.
This app had many complaints and court petitions for its ban in Pakistan citing immoral and indecent content. In July PTA issued a final warning notice to TikTok to remove all immoral and indecent content but there was no step taken by the company.
Dr. Arslan Khalid Prime Minister’s focal person said on digital media that:
“The recent exploitation of female tik tokers, the objectification & sexualization of young girls on TikTok was causing a huge pain to the parents & was proving detrimental for our society.”
A final notice of warning was issued by PTA to TikTok
Pakistan is among the top five where a large number of videos were removed over the violations according to TikTok. In a recent report by TikTok it is said that more than 49 million videos were removed in 2019.