For the fourth time, Pakistan imposed a ban on TikTok, the regulators said - the app did not take any steps to remove 'non-essential content'
Pakistan on Wednesday banned the TikTok app for allegedly failing to remove "inappropriate content". This app from China, which allows sharing of short videos, has been banned in the country for the fourth time in recent months. Telecom regulator Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) tweeted that due to the relevant provisions of the 'Prevention of Electronic Crime Act, 2016', the PTA has banned the TikTok app and its website in the country.
It said, 'Inappropriate content is being found continuously on this platform and no steps are being taken to remove such content, due to which this action has been taken.' Earlier on July 2, the Sindh High Court had withdrawn its earlier decision to ban TikTok for spreading immorality in the country. On June 28, the court had asked the PTA to suspend TikTok on a complaint by a citizen.
The ban was imposed for the first time in October last year.
Earlier, in March, the Peshawar High Court had suspended the app on a petition by several citizens. However, a few weeks later, while lifting the ban, the court had asked the PTA to take steps so that no "immoral content" could be uploaded. The PTA had banned Tiktok for the first time in October last year.
There was an allegation against the app for showing obscene and immoral content, but this ban was also lifted after ten days. PTA spokesperson Khurram Mehran told Geo News that the app was asked several times about the "inappropriate content" being posted online but no action was taken by it.
President also used Tiktok
Interestingly, President Arif Alvi used TikTok on July 16 to deliver a message about 'positivity and inspiration'. According to the news of Dawn newspaper, last month it was said by the app that in three months it has removed more than 6 million videos from Tiktok in Pakistan.