TikTok FACES PAKISTAN BAN OVER ‘IMMORAL AND INDECENT’ VIDEOS CONCERNS
ByteDance TikTok faces another blow as the Pakistan ban takes full effect over sensitive video circulations which she classified as “immoral and indecent”, an addition to the existing woe the politically embattled short video app has been faced with.
According to reports, the South Asian country has raised serious concerns based on the content of a number of videos emerging from the ByteDance’s app, citing the impact these videos pose on her society. While prior to this development, it was reported that the country’s telecommunication authority had warned the subject app company on several occasions over the same issue for some months, yet ignored. However, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority during a press briefing said, TikTok…
“Failed to comply with the instructions, therefore, directions were issued for blocking of TikTok application in the country”. Citing that the authority had received a “number of complaints from different segments of the society” concerning these videos.
To ascertain how the Pakistan ban has been felt, TechCrunch learned that the country with about 75 million users have been denied access to the TikTok app coupled with the app’s website. In the same vein, Pakistan’s neighboring country India which is understood to be the app’s biggest overseas market had previously banned the subject app, citing cybersecurity concern.
In view of this, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority in a statement made it clear that “TikTok has been informed that the authority is open for engagement and will review its decision subject to a satisfactory mechanism by TikTok to moderate unlawful content”.
While according to ‘Danish Khalid’, an executive at Bykea, a ride-hailing startup headquartered in Karachi pointed out that – TikTok is immensely popular in Pakistan just as the app is in India which had amassed over 200 million monthly active users, the app biggest market outside China. Meanwhile, it’s equally understood that the app’s future in the United States remains uncertain, pending Washington’s decision.
Pakistan ban, yet another blow on TikTok, what’s your take?