The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Friday blocked Chinese-owned social media app TikTok after the company failed to fully comply with the instructions for “development of an effective mechanism for proactive moderation of unlawful online content”.
Immoral And Indecent Content
The PTA said the step was taken after the authority received a number of complaints from different segments of the society against immoral and indecent content on the video-sharing 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 the development of an effective mechanism for proactive moderation of unlawful online content,” read the PTA statement.
“The application failed to fully comply with the instructions, therefore, directions were issued for blocking of TikTok application in the country.”
The telecom regulator has also informed the TikTok that it is open for engagement and will review its decision subject to a satisfactory mechanism by TikTok to moderate unlawful content.
Notice Was Issued In July
The telecommunications regulatory body of Pakistan issued a notice back in July, stating it was a “final warning” to the Bytedance-owned app, urging TikTok to “put in place a comprehensive mechanism to control obscenity, vulgarity, and immorality through its social media application”.
Pakistan plans to block TikTok, because the media platform failed to abide by requests from the authorities, according to sources.
Islamabad previously said that the app has an obligation “to moderate the socialisation and content within legal and moral limits” as per existing Pakistani laws.
TikTok Was Banned In India Earlier This Year
India’s government banned nearly 60 Chinese mobile apps in June, including TikTok, citing national security concerns, after a deadly clash between their militaries this month raised tensions between the two countries to the highest level in decades.
The fighting two weeks ago, along the disputed border between the world’s two most populous countries, left 20 Indian soldiers dead and an unknown number of Chinese casualties.
While India has vowed to retaliate, it lags far behind China in military and economic power, leaving it with few options. But Chinese telecommunication and social networking companies have long eyed India’s giant market and its enormous potential. About 50 percent of India’s 1.3 billion citizens are online.
More About TikTok
TikTok, known in China as Douyin, is a Chinese video-sharing social networking service owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based Internet technology company founded in 2012 by Zhang Yiming.