Pakistan again lifts ban, fourth so far, on China’s TikTok, Telecom News, ET Telecom

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s media regulatory authority lifted the TikTok ban again on Friday, this time after four months, following assurances from the popular Chinese video-sharing service that it would control the dissemination of indecent content.

This was the fourth time in the past 15 months that the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority has imposed and lifted such a ban.

Pakistan first blocked TikTok, which is very popular among Pakistani teens and young adults, in October 2020 over what it described as widespread complaints about allegedly “immoral, obscene and vulgar” content on the Internet. ‘application.

The regulatory agency said in a statement on Twitter that TikTok had assured Pakistan that it would also block users who download “illegal content”. The app, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, has been downloaded nearly 39 million times in Pakistan.

Pakistan, which has close ties with China, urged TikTok to develop an effective mechanism to control illegal content.

Over the years, Pakistan has also forwarded hundreds of complaints to Facebook and Twitter about content claiming it is offensive and potentially insulting to Islam, which is against Pakistani law.

In 2008, Pakistan banned YouTube on videos depicting the Prophet Muhammad. Muslims generally believe that any physical portrayal of the Prophet of Islam is blasphemous.

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