After careful consideration for months, Pakistan bans TikTok. TikTok, a Chinese social media app, skyrocketed in popularity with teenagers and video makers when it was launched. Many Pakistani users became celebrities overnight when they used TikTok to show their talents to the world.
— رمشا طاھر (@rimshatahir54) October 9, 2020
However, with the influx of talent came influx of users who posted videos sharing indecent and immortal content that did not sit well with the Pakistani public at large. Soon, certain groups came to demand Pakistan Telecommunication Authority PTA take action against the social media and ban it in the country. Now that Pakistan bans TikTok, it will be a huge loss for the talent that emerged from it.
In a statement just released by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, put the final notice to TikTok and its operating company, PTA had to take legal actions when the application developers failed to comply with PTA. Pakistan bans TikTok and it seems like the ban will stay for a long time.
The state reads, “Keeping in view the complaints and nature of the content being consistently posted on TikTok, PTA issued a final notice to the application. However, the application failed to fully comply with the instructions. Therefore, directions were issued for blocking of TikTok application in the country.”
In view of number of complaints from different segments of the society against immoral/indecent content on the video sharing application TikTok, pic.twitter.com/Vmp5umixeL
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) October 9, 2020
The final warning was given to the app for explicit content back in July and the developing company ByteDance failed to comply with it. The company came under the fire worldwide because of its privacy and security concerns. The app is already considered for a ban in United States of America and Australia and India has already banned it in the country.
Prime Minister Imran Khan advised PTA to take whatever measures they can to block indecent and vulgar content.
The Future of TikTok in Pakistan
While it may seem like the end for many TikTok celebrities in Pakistan, this is not it. PTA has informed TikTok developers that the regulation is open for engagement and they can review the policy if TikTok reviews its safety and censor standards. Pakistan bans TikTok, but that can change.
— Ali Shafqat (@AliShafqatt) October 9, 2020
TikTok star Jannat Mirza, the only Pakistani TikTok celebrity with 10 million subscribers that the ban should be evoked, but only after applying some strict rules. Let’s see what happens next. At the moment, TikTok cannot be used or operated in Pakistan. Pakistan bans TikTok, but that is not the end.