Pakistan lifts ban on TikTok with condition to shun obscenity

Islamabad:  Pakistan’s telecom watchdog on Monday unblocked the popular Chinese video-sharing app TikTok after the company assured authorities here that it will shut down all accounts repeatedly involved in spreading “obscenity and immorality.”

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had banned the app on October 9 after getting numerous complaints over its immoral content.

The PTA tweeted that after assurance from the (TikTok) management that they will block all accounts repeatedly involved in spreading obscenity and immorality”, it was decided to lift the ban.

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“TikTok will moderate the account in accordance with local laws,” according to the tweet.

Earlier, the PTA had alleged that the video-sharing app failed to block obscene and immoral contents despite being told many times.

The lifting of restrictions came after TikTok said on Saturday that it would reallocate more resources for the improvement of its service in Pakistan.

If the Government of Pakistan decides to reopen access to our services in the future, we will certainly assess our allocation of resources to this market, it had said in the statement.

The app is hugely popular and has been installed 43 million times in Pakistan, with 14.7 million times in 2020 alone.

The popular app allows its users to make short music, lip-sync, dance, comedy and talent videos.

TikTok, owned by China’s ByteDance, has been in crosshairs worldwide. The Indian and the US governments have already banned it over security concerns.

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