Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has decided to lift ban on TikTok for it’s more than 40 million users in Pakistan. PTA decided to unban the video sharing app after the company assured the authority of the strict compliance of Pakistani laws.
TikTok is being unlocked after assurance from management that they will block all accounts repeatedly involved in spreading obscenity and immorality.
TikTok will moderate the account in accordance with local laws.
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) October 19, 2020
The developers of TikTok has assured PTA that they will block all the accounts which are spreading the immorality and vulgarity. Earlier PTA decided to ban TikTok for spreading indecent content on Pakistan which was affecting the youth. They also said while banning the app that they have warned the compony twice to moderate the content on the platform. However, TikTok took this warning lightly which resulted in a ban on the app. After the ban was imposed TikTok decided to moderate the content that will be published in Pakistan. After the guarantees from TikTok, PTA decided to unban the app in the country with a strict condition that no explicit content should go on-air from the platform.
Press Release of PTA
PTA Conditionally Restores TikTok Services
Islamabad (October 19, 2020) Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) has restored TikTok services with certain conditions.
In view of the presence of vulgar, indecent/immoral content on the platform and its negative effects on the society, PTA has been continuously asserting TikTok to prevent its platform from disseminating the unlawful content. However, TikTok couldn’t satisfy the for taking concrete steps for blocking and removal of unlawful content. Hence, the TikTok application was blocked until a satisfactory content monitoring mechanism is put in place.
As a result of continuous engagement with the platform’s senior management before and after imposition of the ban, TikTok has assured moderating content in accordance with societal norms and the laws of Pakistan and ensured that the users who are continuously involved in uploading unlawful content are blocked from the platform.
PTA, as a facilitator to the users’ healthy digital experience on the internet and growth of digital companies, has therefore, decided to lift the ban. However, the restoration of TikTok services is strictly subject to the condition that the platform will not be used for the spread of vulgarity / indecent content and that the societal values will not be abused. PTA will be constrained to permanently block the application, in case the said condition is not fulfilled.