Pakistan has banned TikTok once more , citing objectionable content on the shortform video app. This is often the second time the ByteDance platform has been banned in Pakistan following a quick 10-day shutdown in October of last year.
Last fall, TikTok was banned for hosting “immoral” and “indecent” videos. But the corporate was ready to assure the Pakistani government that videos would be moderated “in accordance with societal norms. Therefore the laws of Pakistan,” and therefore the app resumed operations every week and a half later.
The company has tens of many users in Pakistan and yet a supreme court within the city of Peshawar ordered the government’s telecom regulatory body the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority to ban the app so as to comply.
Judgement by the Peshawar High Court
“In respectful compliance to the orders of the Peshawar supreme court PTA has issued directions to the service providers to right away block access to the TikTok App reads the announcement. During the hearing of a case today, the PHC has ordered for the blocking of App.”
It’s not entirely clear why TikTok’s legality in Pakistan is again in question and whether anybody video or trend on the app is that the culprit. Yet Al Jazeera reports that complaints were made up of Peshawar supreme court judge Qaiser Rashid Khan who accused TikTok of hosting content unacceptable for Pakistani society. Consistent with the Financial Times Khan said the platform engaged in “peddling vulgarity” and ordered the ban become immediately during a hearing on Thursday.
“TikTok is made upon the inspiration of creative expression with strong safeguards in situ to stay inappropriate content off the platform,” TikTok said during a statement to The Verge. “In Pakistan we’ve grown our local-language moderation team, and have mechanisms to report and take away content in violation of our community guidelines. we glance forward to continuing to serve the many TikTok users and creators in Pakistan who have found a home for creativity and fun.”
TikTok Ban in Other Countries
TikTok has endured variety of contentious government bans and other restrictions round the world most notably, with a state ban in India since last summer and therefore the Trump administration’s hamfisted plan to force the corporate to partner with a US tech firm to assuage fears of Chinese government influence over the platform. (That deal, with cloud giant Oracle, is seemingly on life support under President Joe Biden.)
The app has faced its most serious opposition in and around Southeast Asia , where governments have extended existing control over the media to the video-centric social network using laws and regulations around what constitutes obscene or immoral content.