Wednesday, November 29, 2023

TikTok again banned in Pakistan due to immoral content’

The short video sharing service TikTok was banned again Thursday after the Peshawar High Court (PHC) ordered Pakistani authorities to immediately ban the app for ‘immoral content’.

The guidelines were issued by the Chairman of the Board of Ministers, Rashid Khan, who heard calls for a ban on Tiktok.

PHC chairman Rashid Khan noted that videos uploaded to the Chinese app are “unacceptable to Pakistani society,” adding that the viewers most affected by TikTok are young people.

The judge also expressed dissatisfaction with the “report” he received from TikTok.

“TikTok videos spread profanity, so [the application] must be closed immediately,” Chief Judge Kaysar Rashid Khan ordered.

PCH CJ also asked the director-general of Pakistan Telecommunications Services (PTA) whether stopping TikTok would have any impact on those using the app, to whom the DG said: “yes, yes”.

The director-general added that the government had reached out to TikTok employees about immoral content but had not received a “positive” response from them.

As soon as the judge heard this, he stated that TikTok should be shut down while the company responded to the government about “immoral” content posted on the website.

“TikTok will be closed until officials honor your request and work with you to stop immoral content from the request,” CJ ordered to CJ.

This is the second time its use has been widely banned in Pakistan.

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