Pakistan Tele Communication Authority on the first day Eidul Adha banned the popular video sharing app for 4th time under the cyber crime. Pakistan has again blocked video sharing platform TikTok on the account of the “continuous presence of inappropriate content on the platform and its failure to take such content down”.
Pakistan Telecommunications Authority(PTA) in the light of relevant provisions of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016. PTA is reportedly has blocked the fourth time that the app was shown the door in the country. All the earlier bans were reversed when the app promised to moderate its content.
The Dawn reported,The first time the Chinese origin app was banned in Pakistan was in October 2020, the video sharing platform was banned for the first time in Pakistan after the authorities received complaints of obscene and immoral content. The ban was reversed after 10 days following TikTok’s assurance of taking action against inappropriate content. The PTA blocked the app for second time on march 11.
The Peshawar high court had imposed a ban on Tiktok in March which was lifted in April. In Jule, the Sindh high court asked telecommunication authority to block TikTok as it was spreading immorality and obscenity. This order was also lifted after three days.
TikTok is very popular in Pakistan, though the anti-TikTok sentiment is also very strong. The app, which is banned in neighbouring India, has been downloaded almost 39 million times in Pakistan.
TikTok removed 6,495,992 between January and march videos making it the second market to get the most videos removed after the USA, where 8,540,088 videos were removed, TikTok said.
The sindh high court ban order passed by in response to a petition filed by a resident of Punjab province, who alleged that TikTok was promoting crime as people were using weapons and drugs in the videos.