TikTok ban returns in Pakistan

TikTok ban returns in Pakistan
The popular short video app is no longer available on mobile devices in the country after the regulators Issued Late on Thursday, he was ordered to block access to “immediately”.

The Communications Commission of Pakistan said it has banned TikTok after a regional court in Peshawar called for the platform to be removed.

According to a court order, the judges argued that the app “harms young people” of Pakistan. They also claimed that “the videos are being uploaded [were] Against the country’s established norms and values.

The platform was blocked for the first time Last OctoberAfter the Communications Authority accused her of hosting “immoral” and “indecent” content.

The authority said at the time that TikTok had not created a satisfactory way to block offensive content after a warning to tidy up its home over the summer.

The decision was Reverse later After the app, owned by Chinese tech giant ByteDance, pledged to modify content according to local laws.

Since then, questions about the company’s future in Pakistan have resurfaced.

Representatives of the Pakistan Communications Commission said Thursday in court that TikTok has not yet proven that it can fulfill its promise to suppress certain content, according to Sarah Ali Khan, the legal representative of a local Peshawar resident who filed the petition that led the court to consider. a ban. Khan told CNN Business that she was present in court during the proceedings.

TikTok didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday. But it has done it before She said It has “robust protection in place to support a secure and welcoming platform,” and Will be “Continuing to empower Pakistani voices and creativity in a safe environment.”
The social network faced many Hurdles Around the world recently. In January, she was forced into it Layoffs In India after the country doubled down on what was already a months-long ban on the platform.

TikTok said at the time that it had “not been given clear guidance on how and when to bring back our applications” in India, and had no choice but to downsize our workforce.

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Michel Toh contributed to this report.

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