Pakistan’s media regulating authority on Friday once more lifted a ban on TikTok, this time after 4 months, following assurances from the favored Chinese language video-sharing service that it might management the unfold of indecent content material.
It was the fourth time up to now 15 months that Pakistan Telecommunication Authority imposed and lifted such a ban.
Pakistan first blocked TikTok, which may be very well-liked amongst Pakistani teenagers and younger adults, in October 2020 over what it described as widespread complaints about allegedly “immoral, obscene and vulgar” content material on the app.
The regulatory company stated in a press release on Twitter that TikTok had assured Pakistan it might additionally block customers who add “illegal content material.” The app, owned by China’s ByteDance, has been downloaded virtually 39 million occasions in Pakistan.
Pakistan, which has shut relations with China, has been urging TikTok to develop an efficient mechanism to manage illegal content material.
Over time, Pakistan has additionally forwarded a whole lot of complaints to Fb and Twitter about content material, alleging it’s offensive and doubtlessly insulting to Islam, which works towards Pakistani regulation.
In 2008, Pakistan banned YouTube over movies depicting the Prophet Muhammad. Muslims usually imagine any bodily depiction of Islam’s prophet is blasphemous.