{UPDATED} Pakistan bans TikTok due to “immoral” and “indecent” content

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Pakistan Lifts Ban on TikTok

Pakistan has lifted its ban on TikTok on the basis that the app continues to monitor and censor content that goes against the countries values, as TechCrunch reports:

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said on Monday it has lifted the ban on TikTok,  11 days after the South Asian nation’s telecom authority blocked the popular short video app in the country over problematic videos on the platform. The authority, however, warned that TikTok needs to actively moderate content on its app or else it will be permanently blocked in the nation.

The telecom authority said it was lifting the ban after engaging with TikTok’s senior management, which assured it would moderate content in accordance with “societal norms and the laws of Pakistan.” TikTok has about 20 million monthly active users in Pakistan, theauthority said.

Originally Published on October 9th

As the fate of TikTok faces ongoing uncertainty in the United States amid court hearings and appeals by the President Trump administration, Pakistan has now banned the app.

As reported by The Verge, Pakistan’s telecom regulator says that the app has “immoral” and “indecent” content that does not abide by Pakistan’s strict rules. Last month following India’s move to ban TikTok and countless other apps, Pakistan issued TikTok a warning. The warning demanded that the app remove any “immoral and indecent” content or face a total ban. TikTok did not act, as The Verge reports:

Regulators in Pakistan said they gave TikTok “considerable time” to respond to their concerns, but that the company “failed to fully comply.” A recent transparency report shows that government authorities in Pakistan asked TikTok to restrict 40 accounts during the first half of 2020, but the company only restricted two of them.

According to data cited in the report TikTok had been downloaded more than 43 million times across Pakistan making it the app’s 12th largest demographic. TikTok told The Verge that it hopes “to reach a conclusion that helps us serve the country’s vibrant and creative online community”.

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