Pakistan telecom regulator said TikTok has been banned in the country over failure to filter out immoral and indecent content following complaints from different segments of the society against such contents on the video-sharing application.
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority in a statement on Friday said it would review its ban, subject to a satisfactory mechanism by TikTok to moderate unlawful content.
Earlier in July, Pakistan’s telecommunications regulator issued what it described as a final warning to TikTok over what it deemed to be provocative content.
Reacting, TikTok said it was committed to following the law in markets where the app is offered adding that they have been in regular communication with the PTA and continue to work with them.
The company, however, expressed optimism to reach a conclusion that helps them continue to serve the country’s creative online community.
TikTok, owned by China-based ByteDance, has become hugely popular in a short period, by encouraging young users to post brief videos.
Meanwhile, its speedy rise has brought a firestorm of criticism, with several countries raising security and privacy concerns over its links to China.
You will recall that n June, TikTok was blocked in India citing national security concerns at a time of a border dispute with China. Also, it faces the threat of being barred in the United States and scrutiny in other countries including Australia.
However, TikTok has long denied that its links to China pose a security concern in other countries.