TikTok blocked 4 million videos and suspended 25,000 accounts in Pakistan

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The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) revealed on Monday that Tik Tok had blocked 4 million videos and suspended 25,000 accounts in the past three months.

This was revealed to the Senate Permanent Committee on Information and Technology, which met Rubina Khalid as chair on Monday.

In addition, the committee was told that Tik Tok will invest half a million dollars in training content producers to produce good content.

The issues discussed involved imposing a ban on social media applications in Pakistan and monitoring the current state of child abuse for filming and uploading videos on the dark web with reference to the case reported to Rawat. Rawalpindi; as indicated by the committee at its meeting on November 25, 2019.

Chaired by Senator Rubina Khalid, the members present included Senator Kulsoom Parveen, Senator Taj Muhammad Afridi, Senator Fida Muhammad, Senator Faisal Javed, Senator Muhammad Khalid Bizenjo, Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh and senior officials from the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications, PTA, Punjab Police (Rawalpindi) and FIA.

The meeting began with a discussion of the issue of public interest raised by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh regarding the issues facing IT professionals and investors due to the government’s non-serious attitude.

The mover, Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh, stressed the need for a detailed written response, adding that without it, further discussion of the matter would be in vain. The matter will be discussed at the next meeting.

During the deliberations on imposing the ban on social media applications in Pakistan, the Committee was informed that under Section 37 of the Electronic Crime Prevention Act, the PTA has the power to remove or block / remove illegal content. online when deemed necessary in the interests of the defense of Pakistan, Glory of Islam, Contempt of court, Decency and morality, Slander, Child pornography, Modesty of a natural person, Dignity of a natural person, Public order, inciting hatred, incitement to crime, etc.

POE to file complaints

In order to fulfill the mandate given, the PTA has developed a standard procedure for submitting complaints.

Based on standard operating practices, an online portal is made available to interested organizations to submit complaints based on their field / field of activity.

Currently there are 34 stakeholders including ISI, FIA, IB, Provincial Ministries of Interior, Provincial Counter-Terrorism Departments, MORA, MOFA, Mol, etc. using the said portal.

The PTA published an email address in all major newspapers across the country. Anyone can complain about offensive content on the Internet. In addition, complaints are received via CMS (Complaints Management System).

A person who feels disadvantaged because of the presence of content on the Internet can approach the PTA by fax, email, or regular email to remove the alleged content.

Complaints are analyzed and processed. If the reported URL is hosted on an insecure platform, it will be blocked locally through local ISPs. If the URL is hosted on a secure platform, the administration of the site in question will be asked to remove the illegal content.

With regard to blocking apps, it is alleged that the PTA has only blocked two apps, namely PUBG and BIGO since the entry into force of PECA 2016. PUBG has been banned due to public complaints about its negative impact. about health. physical and psychological. youth in addition to reports of suicides related to such gambling.

BIGO has been blocked due to complaints of indecent material on the platform. Both apps were unlocked after said platforms were guaranteed to comply with Pakistan’s local laws. In addition to blocking illegal content, the PTA has taken several steps to educate the general public about w.r.t. download or share illegal content on the internet and social networks. Tomorrow there is a hearing on the case in court.

The Committee considered that blocking websites and applications is not the solution to combat immorality; To achieve this goal, regulations must be implemented.

With regard to monitoring the current state of child abuse to film and upload videos to the dark web with reference to the case reported to Rawat, Rawalpindi; The committee learned that a digital forensic analysis revealed three potential Tor, Duck-Duck GO and Super VPN apps, but no activity or links to the dark web. Access to prohibited websites and drugs were found by email. The medical examinations of the three main victims show traces of drugs.

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