ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s media regulator again lifted a ban on TikTok on Friday, this time after four months, following assurances from China’s popular video-sharing service that would control the spread of indecent content.
It was the fourth time in the last 15 months that the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority imposed and lifted this ban.
Pakistan first blocked TikTok, which is very popular among Pakistani teenagers and young adults, in October 2020 for what it described as widespread complaints about allegedly “immoral, obscene and vulgar” content of the app.
The regulatory agency said in a statement on Twitter that TikTok had assured Pakistan that it would also block users from uploading “illegal content”. The app, owned by China’s ByteDance, has been downloaded nearly 39 million times in Pakistan.
Pakistan, which has close relations with China, has urged TikTok to develop an effective mechanism to control illegal content.
Over the years, Pakistan has also sent hundreds of complaints to Facebook and Twitter about content, alleging that it is offensive and potentially insulting to Islam, which goes against Pakistani law.
In 2008, Pakistan banned YouTube for videos depicting the Prophet Muhammad. Muslims generally believe that any physical representation of the prophet of Islam is blasphemous.
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