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Pakistan lifts TikTok ban, again

Islamabad banned Chinese video-sharing app several times for spreading 'immorality'

Aamir Latif   | 20.11.2021
 Pakistan lifts TikTok ban, again

KARACHI, Pakistan 

Pakistan's Telecom regulator lifted a ban on TikTok on Friday after assurances by the platform to control "immoral and unlawful" content. 

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said it decided to lift the ban on the Chinese video-sharing app after "continuous" engagement with TikTok management.

“As a result of continuous engagement, senior management of the platform assured PTA of its commitment to take necessary measures to control unlawful content in accordance with local laws and societal norms,” it said in a statement. “PTA will continue to monitor the platform in order to ensure that unlawful content contrary to Pakistan’s law and societal values is not disseminated.”

The PTA has blocked and restored the app several times during the last year on similar charges -- the last in July.

Last March, the Peshawar High Court imposed a ban on the video-sharing application, which was later lifted in April.

Just after two months, the Sindh High Court ordered PTA to block access to TikTok because it was “spreading immorality and obscenity.”

But the court lifted the ban three days later.

In its latest transparency report, the platform said it removed more than 81 million videos globally between April and June 2021, including over 9.8 million from Pakistan, for violating guidelines.




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