The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Monday lifted the ban on the popular Chinese video-sharing app TikTok. PTA said in a statement, “After assurance from the (TikTok) management that they will block all accounts repeatedly involved in spreading obscenity and immorality”, it was decided to lift the ban. TikTok will moderate the account in accordance with local laws.”
The ban on TikTok was imposed on 9 October and later it was lifted on 19 October. According to the Freedom House, a human rights watchdog, between June 2018 and May 2019, the government of Pakistan has blocked a total of 8 lakh websites.
Tiktok also issued a statement in this regard:
The Chinese company Tiktok has also issued a statement in this regard. The company said- “If the Government of Pakistan decides to reopen access to our services in the future, we will certainly assess our allocation of resources to this market.
TikTok’s mission is to inspire creativity and joy, and that’s just what we’ve done in Pakistan. We’ve built a community whose creativity and passion has brought joy to households across Pakistan and opened vital economic opportunities to incredibly talented creators.”
TikTok has 39 million users in Pakistan:
According to the reports, TikTok has 39 million users in Pakistan. It is the third most downloaded app in Pakistan in recent times. It is ranked 12th in the world in terms of downloading this app. Earlier, WhatsApp and Facebook app topped the download. YouTube was banned in Pakistan from 2012 to 2016. After this, a new cybersecurity law was passed. Guidelines for social media were set in this.
India also banned TikTok and other Chinese owned apps: