Months after the banning of entertaining objectionable content, Pakistan has finally lifted the ban on TikTok.
This comes after TikTok assuring the Pakistan government of not processing the content that’s intolerable and being reactive immediately once noted. Pakistan said it will be monitoring the app closely, to check for any objectionable content in the future.
Pakistan Lifts Ban on TikTok
The Chinese short-video making platform – TikTok has created waves when launched. Its popularity has attracted western tech giants like Facebook, Snapchat, and YouTube to quickly make their own clones of TikTok.
While users are happy to have alternatives, one prominent issue that such platforms have to deal with is the content. There could be a number of ways objectionable content could be appearing on the platform, and responding to it can be hard sometimes. TikTok faced a huge backlash on this case and was even banned by a few countries.
Rival neighbors, India and Pakistan are few among them. While India is still continuing the ban on national security grounds, Pakistan banned TikTok four times already, with the latest one being on July 20th, 2021. And the reason stated was simple – for entertaining objectionable content.
Press Release: PTA has restored the services of TikTok on assurances of the Platform to control immoral / indecent content.
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) November 19, 2021
Pakistan’s government was very strict in terms of content that’s against its religion and authority, so tends to ban when it is deemed to do so. Now, as TikTok assured the Pakistan government to block such content from processing on its platform, the ban was lifted.
As per PTA, “The company also assured that the users who are continuously involved in uploading unlawful content will be blocked from using the platform. Keeping in view the assurances, the Authority has decided to lift the ban on #TikTok forthwith.”
Further, it said the government will be monitoring the platform to make sure no unlawful content, like against the societal values or contrary to Pakistan’s law are shared.
This is a welcoming move to ByteDance, TikTok’s owner as it regained the grip on its fifth most populous nation.
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